The small book “Martin Parr” from Phaidon has a relatively extensive introduction (I mean: for such a small book) to the work of Martin Parr. We see how he develops from a black and white photographer of British life into the critical flash & color photographer of life’s peculiarities as we know him today.
The book furthermore is a guide to how you can read a picture. Maybe a bit over the top now and then:
“… the picture recalls Bernini’s sculpture of Daphne sprouting leaves and branches… (picture of girl on school party).
“It must also refer to the psychological complexity of attending school”(boy with mother a grammar school).
Wonderful pictures of a stuffed owl, sausages, a cup of tea, and many other ordinary objects and scenes depicted in Parr’s unique manner.