This is a revised and updated edition of Martin Parrs classic book which was first published in 1996. Copies of the original edition of Small World are now avidly sought by collectors and demand a high premium.
It is a biting, very funny satire in which Parr looks at tourism worldwide, exposing the increasingly homogenous global culture where in the search for different cultures those same cultures are destroyed. The issues that Parr raised a decade ago when the book was first published are even more relevant today.
Whilst Parrs larger-than-life troupe of tourists appear willing participants in an omnipresent consumer culture they are also bemused victims at the mercy of larger social forces and locked into their insatiable craving for spectacle. Small Worlds citizens become a symbol of western societys prosperous freedoms, declaring their power and their rights to travel, to choose and to consume.
A member of the prestiguous MAGNUM photo agency Martin Parr is one of the best known photographers in the world today. He has published innumerable books and his work has been exhibited and published worldwide.