Martin Parr's Real Food photos astound and amaze (but probably won't make you feel at all hungry)

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Tijuana, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Stara Fuzina, Slovenia, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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New York City, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Tokyo, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Taunton, England, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Tokyo, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Wells, England, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Abergavenny, Wales, from Real Food by Martin Parr

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Real Food by Martin Parr

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Only in Japan would a retail display of Spam cans be dressed with sprigs of ornamental blossom; only a Mexican chef would create so vividly coloured a jello ring; and only in England, would a man balance a cup cake so delicately and practically on the knee of his beige trousers.

Martin Parr’s food photography shows us at once how alike we have all grown in our tastes, and yet how idiosyncratic we remain. Bridging the disciplines of fine-art and documentary photography, Parr’s new book Real Food is a visual guide to the way food is presented and consumed today across the globe. To see more flick through the images above, then order your copy here.


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