Unseen Photos Of The City Of London And The Lord Mayor's Show

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 21 months ago
Unseen Photos Of The City Of London And The Lord Mayor's Show
The sceptre is safely nestled in the Mayoral car. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Martin Parr is hot property at the moment. The photographer is curating an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery opening soon. And he's recently finished a two-year term as the photographer-in-residence for the City of London.

An exhibition of his photographs as an inside man in the City takes place at Guildhall Art Gallery. It captures some of the pomp and ceremony of the Lord Mayor's show and inauguration.

But in keeping with Martin Parr's signature style, there are plenty of times he snapped people who are at ease, or weren't expecting to be caught on camera.

Some of the images are of private banquets and ceremonies that are off limits to most people, so it's a rare chance to get a look at what goes on behind closed doors.

Sodden spectators await the Lord Mayor's procession. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Fiona Woolf prepares to be sworn in as only the second ever woman to serve as Lord Mayor. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Some down time at the Lord Mayor's show. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Unseen City: photos by Martin Parr is on Guildhall Art Gallery from 4 March to 31 July. Tickets are £5 for this exhibition or £13 for a joint ticket which also covers the Barbican exhibition Strange and Familiar.

Last Updated 29 February 2016