“Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate”… Martin Parr He elaborates in another interview: “With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist.”
I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it’s the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don’t find it easy. I don’t announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone’s photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But it’s the one thing that gives the game away. I don’t try and hide what I’m doing – that would be folly. – Martin Parr – British Journal of Photography interview, 1989
Don’t get everyone to smile; otherwise you’ll end up with the same old family propaganda.” We are so conditioned to see photographs of people smiling in photographs- as that is how we typically get people to pose. In street photography, the photographs taken shouldn’t be posed. However if we ask our subjects to pose for us, a simple tip is to tell them not to smile. A nice line I got from Charlie Kirk is telling your subject, “Pretend like you’re getting your passport taken”.