March 16th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: The Making of Martin’s Parr’s “Think of Finland”

Last August, as legendary Magnum photographer Martin Parr traveled around Finland capturing the essence of that nation and its people, he had a camera crew tagging along as he searched for subjects and made his characteristically deadpan images. The result is a nine-minute documentary his fans are sure to appreciate called “Martin Parr–The Making of ‘Think of Finland,’” which is the name of his new show at Laboratory, a Helsinki gallery. Shot and directed by Rami Hanafi, the film shows Parr wandering the streets, night clubs, markets, beaches and countryside on what appears to be a big scavenger hunt. Parr explains on the voiceover soundtrack what he’s looking for and how he goes about his work. “Think of Finland” will be on exhibit at Laboratory through April 8.