Martin Parr, Goa, India from the series Small World (1987-1994)
Martin Parr, Goa, India from the series Small World (1987-1994)

Go to India with Martin Parr

British travel company, Cox & Kings, is offering a 10-day trip to northern India with the Magnum photographer

How would your holiday snaps look if they were overseen and edited by the renowned British photographer, Martin Parr? Well, you can be assured that there would be fewer monuments and sunsets. Earlier this summer Parr argued on BBC radio that tourists feel compelled to snap traditional sites, while overlooking less spectacular but more evocative subjects. “People have these set ideas of what they should photograph”, Parr said on the morning news programme Today, “Whereas the market place or even local shops that you go to are just as interesting."

 

Martin Parr, Goa, India from the series Small World (1987-1994)
Martin Parr, Goa, India from the series Small World (1987-1994)

Now travellers to India with the British tour operator, Cox & Kings will be able to get some first-hand advice from Parr, as part of a 10-day package, where they will be able to join the photographer on a tour of northern India's Golden Triangle region. "India is as wonderful as it is crazy. It is so photogenic, it is almost overwhelming,” Parr says. “This opportunity will allow you to see India in a different light, whilst developing your photographic eye."

 

Martin Parr, Chennai (2005) India
Martin Parr, Chennai (2005) India

Visitors will take in such famous sites as the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and City Palace, as well as meet the local photographic community with a visit to the Photo Ink gallery and attend a lecture by Raghu Rai at his Centre for Photography in Delhi.” Sounds great; just remember not to ask Mr Parr to point at the Taj and say “cheese”. To find out more, go here. To see more of Parr's great photographs, please take a look at our books with him.