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Martin Parr gives a wedding photographer his own big day

Ian Weldons work, including Untitled, celebrates the unguarded moments that take place on the big day
© Martin Parr Foundation/Ian Weldon

Weddings are fundamental to British culture, yet their photographs have never been exhibited by a fine art institution. Until now, thanks to the unique eye of Martin Parr. Since June—just in time for wedding season—Ian Weldons photography has been exhibited at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, accompanied by a book of photographs published by RRB Photobooks.

Newcastle-based Weldon, who photographs weddings in a distinct documentary style, had spent years attending portfolio reviews and arranging meetings with editors, gallerists and publishers, with little success.

“Ive found it difficult to be accepted into the wedding photography industry,” Weldon says. “And then Ive also found it difficult to be taken seriously by the [art] photography industry. Martin Parr has recognised my work for what it is.”

Parr, perhaps the most renowned British documentary photographer, sees that most wedding photographers “pander to the normal schmaltz that is so dominant in the industry”, Weldon says. He discovered Weldons work after accepting an invitation to talk at a photography conference in Barcelona. He was “a little bit thrown” to discover that the theme was wedding photography.

“I have been at weddings when the photographer leaves at the first dance, just when I assume the action is about to start,” Parr says. “But Weldon is a photographer who shoots weddings as they really are: comical family occasions with too much drink and wild things happening. His photography will make you smile, as all the indiscretions, bad dancing and excessive behaviour are so well documented.”

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