October 3, 2007 at 8:36 am 3 comments


 Martin Parr, ‘New Brighton’, 1986. © Martin Parr

So far the group has looked at ways of representing a landscape or a place that have included traditional landscape painting and cartography/ mapmaking. In todays’s workshop we looked at the tourist experience of landscape, specifically through the photography of Martin Parr and the images of Sligo and other places promoted through postcards.


Questions and ideas the group are considering include:

  • What are the most commonly represented places in Sligo (for postcards and tourism generally)?
  • What places or experiences are missing?
  • How is the experience of a place or a landscape different for a tourist than for someone who lives there?
  • What viewpoints, places, ideas, or feelings could you contribute to a postcard of Sligo?

Relevant websites:;


Martin Parr, Ocean Dome, 1996 copyright Magnum


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Mapmaking 2 Suggestions for Alternative Postcards…

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmurray  |  October 3, 2007 at 9:06 am

    ok not sure what its about but i like it….i dont no if its a really no if its a real beach or not but its eye catching with all the brite colors & stuff so ya well edone!

  • 2. Angela Brennan  |  October 3, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Today we looked at various photograph’s and postcard’s by Martin Parr. Firstly the postcards, I liked a few of them but they all looked the same or was of the same thing! The photograph’s however were good. Many of them with outstanding colour and imagery.One photo stood out to me and that was of a man with a cap on. This appealed to me as it is a realistic image that you would see on a daily basis.

  • 3. Keith Henry  |  October 8, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    On Wednesday, when looking at Martin Parr’s work, I thought his protrayal of postcards was very unusual. I found some postcards dicusting, some boring and some very unusual. However what i liked about the postcards is that they protrayed places on a postcard in an abnormal way. But at the end of the day I much prefer the “Picture Postcard”!!!!

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