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Martin Parr

Martin Parr, the renowned photographer of British life, has resigned as artistic director of the Bristol Photo Festival following a student-led protest alleging racial insensitivity. In addition to stepping down, Parr has published an apology, calling the photo spread in question “offensive and demeaning” and his failure to notice it “inexcusable.” He has asked that remaining copies of the book to be removed from sale and destroyed, while pledging to donate the fee he received for writing the essay to a relevant charity.”

Isaac Chotiner: “I recently spoke by phone with Thomas Chatterton Williams, who was at his office in France, where he lives. ‘ I think it’s absolutely undeniable that nobody really advocates for complete total speech without any consequence or absolute freedom of expression. There’s a line that most of us agree on somewhere. We wouldn’t want calls for pedophilia. But that’s not actually what we’re talking about. We’re not saying that there are no standards or no lines. This letter is about the climate of censoriousness and self-censorship and fear that happens when people are made an example of on social media with no recourse and there are calls for their stigmatization. That’s the part of it that goes beyond just speech or disagreement within the bounds of civility.'”

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