See Britain through someone else's eyes

Who better than British photographer Martin Parr – that great chronicler of English eccentricities – to curate a photo exhibition about Britain?

But here’s the thing: the Britain on show here is not Parr’s beachside, socks-and-sandles Britain. The exhibition, ‘Strange and Familiar’, frames the country entirely through the lens of international photographers.

TINA BARNEY THE RED SHEATH, 2001 © TINA BARNEY, COURTESY OF PAUL KASMIN GALLERY
CANDIDA HÖFER LIVERPOOL IX, 1968 © CANDIDA HÖFER, KÖLN; VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2015

It explores how these outsiders from the 1930s onwards have captured “the social, cultural and political identity of the UK”. Behind the camera? Megastars of the medium like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden and more. Britain through their eyes has a different quality to Britain through your eyes – as you’ll see.

Header Image: Akihiko Okamura Northern Ireland, 1970s © Akihiko Okamura / Courtesy of the Estate of Akihiko Okamura, Hakodate, Japan

Catch 'Strange and Familiar'

‘Strange and Familiar’ runs from 16 March -19 June at the Barbican Centre. It's a 30 minute walk from Generator London, or else hop on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City or Circle line from King's Cross to Barbican station.