Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Exhibition: Peter Dench - England Uncensored

White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, 28/08/12

I didn't take to this work at all really, I found it quite unpleasant. It's difficult not to compare Dench with  Parr, and for me this comparison does Dench no favours. While Parr shows us his subjects and allows us to make up our own minds about them, Dench leaves us in no doubt as to his opinion on his fellow man, which is invariably pretty low.

Perhaps it is unfair to judge this work in this way, although the program notes cite Parr as an influence so maybe not.

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