Tynwald Week Photos by Martin Parr Captured in New Stamp Collection

Isle of Man Post Office proudly announces the release of, "Tynwald Week – Photos by Martin Parr," which is issued on June 29th, 2024. This collection of eight stamps, features the exceptional photography of renowned contemporary photographer Martin Parr, offering a unique perspective into the cherished traditions and spirited celebrations of Tynwald Week on the Isle of Man.

Martin Parr is known and celebrated internationally for his witty and perceptive documentary photography spanning over five decades. His ground breaking work has earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious CBE and now he brings his keen eye for human nature and societal dynamics to the forefront in this remarkable stamp series. His distinctive style, characterised by vivid colours and candid portrayals, captures the essence of Tynwald Day and the surrounding festivities with authenticity. 

Tynwald Week holds a special place in Manx culture, centred on the historic Tynwald Ceremony on 5th July, where new Acts are solemnly enacted into law amidst centuries-old traditions. From the ceremonial grandeur to the community camaraderie and lively Tynwald fair, Parr's lens captures every facet of this cherished annual event. From Viking re-enactments to military pageantry, from traditional Manx cuisine to the joyous laughter of children at play, each stamp offers a compelling narrative of Manx identity and pride.

Set of eight stamps featuring images by Martin Parr

Martin Parr CBE, said: "It was exciting to visit and take photos at the Tynwald ceremony. From the Beating the Retreat the evening before through to the last dance in the marquee, it was all go and many photo opportunities came my way. I love the idea of these being on stamps, and knowing many people will see these. That's the democratic nature of photography, which I fully support”.

Maxine Cannon, Stamps and Coins General Manager said: “Martin Parr continues to shape our perception of the world with his insightful lens and we feel incredibly lucky that his fresh perspective on Tynwald Week has been captured on these stamps and supporting materials.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed to this project, including Manx photographer Adrian Cowin, whose expert assistance proved invaluable in capturing Parr's vision amidst the crowds and clamour of Tynwald Week. Special thanks are also extended to the Isle of Man Government staff for their unwavering support in bringing this collaboration to fruition”.

In addition to the stamp set, the collection offers a range of complementary products, including a Presentation Pack, First Day Cover, Prestige Booklet, Booklet Panes, and a Collectors Album featuring Stampcard set. 

Martin Parr's collaboration with the Isle of Man Post Office not only celebrates Tynwald Week but also commemorates a fruitful partnership between the esteemed photographer and the Island community. Parr's visit during Tynwald Week in July 2023 resulted in a treasure trove of captivating images, now immortalised in this exclusive stamp collection and there will also be an exhibition featuring Parr’s photography at the Manx Museum from 29th June until 6th October 2024.

For more information and to pre-order the collection visit www.iompost.com/MartinParr.

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