Martin Parr Doesn’t Mind If You Instagram Your Lunch
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Martin Parr Doesn’t Mind If You Instagram Your Lunch

Kennedy’s fish and chip restaurant in London. Photo by Liz Seabrook. Steak and stilton pie and fish and chips: the perfect comfort foods for a sunny, but disarmingly cold London afternoon. I’m at Kennedy’s on Whitecross Street, just around the corner from the Barbican. It’s a weekday lunchtime and the place is bustling, with a takeaway queue snaking out of the door. Sausages and pies punctured with little flags denoting their contents are being kept at steady temperatures under lights, while lunch-goers eye them eagerly. Sauce sachets are grabbed indiscriminately and handwritten signs decorate the walls. I’m here to meet photographer Martin Parr for lunch. “I didn’t want to have a whole fancy restaurant scene. This is quick and dirty—and tasty,” he tells me as we sit down. This does a slight disservice to the soft, beef-filled pastry and hand cut chips that soon arrive at our table. It also turns out that Parr’s choice of venue is largely to do with it being on a nearby street to his London studio but, yes—sitting down for a silver service lunch with Martin Parr would have felt slightly disingenuous. Martin Parr. Photo by Liz Seabrook. This is because Parr’s food […]

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