Corinne Vionnet - Photo Opportunities

We travel, we see a monument, and we take a picture. But we are millions who travel, millions who see this monument, and millions who takes the same picture.

Taking her lead from statistics revealing the most popular tourist destinations, and comparing them to travel agency brochures to find images that have come to symbolise these places, she began creating montages made up of other people’s snapshots on Flickr.

Martin Parr - Tourists strike a pose in front of the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy

Martin Parr - English photographer - has been photographing tourists for three decades

“Seen through Parr’s lens, foreign travel becomes a curiously joyless undertaking. Grim-faced tourists file through the Basilica di San Marco in Venice wearing matching plastic rain ponchos. Passengers at Tenerife airport await their flights, their body language screaming boredom and frustration. Any interaction between tourists and local people is of a strictly commercial nature. It’s grim but it’s not without humour; Parr has a talent for revealing the absurdity of any given scenario. A fake gondolier takes a photograph of real tourists at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Parr brings our attention to the many layers of artificiality that are present.”