Sealed copy, 88 pp, 81 four-colour images, 29.4 x 20.7 cm
Published by Chris Boot, 2006
On a trip to Mexico, Parr was struck by the clear impact of America's pop culture on Mexican life-the juxtaposition of Mickey Mouse with brightly colored saints, Nike logos with Day of the Dead skulls, and Coca Cola with cacti. Mexico presents his journey into and beyond the country's clichés.
Many of the visual themes will be familiar to Parr fans, including colorful and mocking close-ups of food, hats, signs, and souvenirs, garishly shot with medical efficiency. And a darker underlying theme emerges-as in much of his later work-of the corruption of authentic cultural forms by global consumer culture. This work both critiques and celebrates this corruption. As he puts it, 'What I am saying is that it's a good and a bad thing. I'm constantly trying to express ambiguity. And that's what photography does very well.'