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Photograph - Congregation at Pecket Well harvest festival
  • Congregation at Pecket Well harvest festival
    Parr, Martin, born 1952
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Congregation at Pecket Well harvest festival

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    West Yorkshire (photographed)

  • Date:

    1978 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Parr, Martin, born 1952 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Barker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1027, box B

Paul Barker, ex-editor of pioneering social sciences and current affairs weekly New Society, gave the V&A a collection of 49 photographs originally commissioned by the magazine which had formed the exhibition 'The Other Britain' to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of New Society in 1982. The exhibition, and the accompanying collection of essays first published in New Society, sought to focus on the regional, working class and ethic Britain. Martin Parr was an up and coming photographer in the 1970s, and focussed on recording Britain with pathos and humour, publishing his documentary work both in the press and as fine art. In the context of images of council houses, pubs and prisons, this image highlights provincial Britain. Parr chooses an ironic viewpoint from which to frame the figures - a 'congregation' of four people, a 'harvest festival' in an empty church with no produce in sight.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of four well dressed figures against a blank wall, in a chuch. A balding man in the centre holds out his arm, his hand near the front in the centre of the image.

Place of Origin

West Yorkshire (photographed)


1978 (photographed)


Parr, Martin, born 1952 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 378 mm image, Width: 253 mm image

Object history note

Part of the New Society/The Other Britain collection.

Descriptive line

Congregation at Pecket Well harvest festival, West Yorkshire, gelatin-silver print by Martin Parr, 1978, part of the New Society/The Other Britain collection

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in Parr/Val Williams retrospective p.117.
Apollo Magazine, February 2007
Published in New Society 5.1.1978 in the feature 'Arts in Society: The face in the picture' by Paul Barker, pp.24-25, a review of Martin Parr's exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery of Hebdon bridge photographs




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