Alec Soth, who wrote an article last month on Martin Parr’s recent sojourn to Minnesota, also wrote a piece in late 2011 speculating on photographers’ peak creative years. Martin came across the blog and responded, in part:
“You need that raw energy and excitement that feeds into new and exciting work, associated with the 20s and early 30s. Very few achieve even that , let alone sustain this into their long careers. I once said in an interview that I thought my best work was probably behind me, and this now is quoted back to me everytime I do another interview. [...] OK we keep going , trying to be fresh, but we know too much, are too comfortable, even if you fight laziness by working hard. It doesn’t mean you cannot make a useful contribution later on, but it ain’t going to have the edge that the early work , so often delivers.”
Martin also said there are exceptions.
New Pictures 6: Martin Parr opens in a few weeks. If you missed it, here’s a taste of the new work Parr made in Minnesota over a long January weekend, as reviewed by Curt Brown of the Star Tribune: Frozen Face of Minnesota.
New Pictures 6: Martin Parr runs April 19th-August 5th