Gavin Parry is a Photographer and Senior Lecturer at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) UK. He works both as a freelancer and a ‘gallery orientated’ practitioner, and exhibits both nationally and internationally. Some of the re-occurring and developing themes underpinning his practice: Photography and the Document.
Parry’s practice evolves from a Photo Documentary tradition and has a preoccupation with Photography's relationship with the real: Whilst a photograph is no longer intellectually assumed to be a ‘window on the world’, photography, arguably more than any other visual form, holds a unique connection with its subject. Parry’s work both celebrates and exploits this relationship. His practice takes a liberal approach to Documentary Photography, maintaining a social and conceptual basis and a particular relationship to the subject.
The Photographic Performance and the Studio Space- Working with the limitations and rigours of the formal studio portrait and how the studio can be reframed as part of an emergent photographic documentary methodology. To create a space for ‘quiet alertness’ where the sitter can ‘take stock’ through the act of being photographed, to seek moments that cannot be predicted but contain subtle, unexpected and unpredicted responses from the subject.
Gavin’s current practice evolves from a Photo Documentary tradition and the photographs relationship with the real. A photograph is no longer intellectually assumed to be a clear ‘window on the world’ nevertheless the photograph, arguably more than any other visual form, maintains an unique connection with its subject. The work both celebrates and exploits this relationship, the work becoming a liberal interpretation of Documentary Photography, yet maintaining a social and conceptual basis and relationship to the subject.
A larger philosophical position and motivation within a HE educational environment is shaped around how students can best take ownership of their practice, and to understand the value of working in a relational way with peers, external opportunities and their chosen field of study. A key motivation here is how to best support students develop the essential professional skills and attributes relevant for a competitive world, whilst nurturing and protecting the, often fragile, creative spirit that will help to define their voice.