n°5/ The Sun God

February 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai


Martin Parr, Benidorm, Spain, 1997. Anti-UV sunglasses the same colour as the towel their wearer is lying on. It’s an intense and deep blue, one that clashes with the image’s lightness and irony; a blue that stops us in our tracks; a blue seen in paintings, but more Fra Angelico than Yves Klein; the blue of religious images, the Virgin’s blue. It comes as a surprise to see this colour in such an anecdotal, irreligious setting, unless Parr’s aim was to hint that Western tourists worship at the altar of the Sun God.


The Red List- Martin Parr

The Red List- Fra Angelico