2013 Southeast Emmy Award Nominee (Cultural Documentary). Winners to be anounced June 8, 2013
The Cactus Car Wash on Ponce de Leon Avenue is a frantic rush of wash, dry, polish and chrome brightness. Martin Parr is out of the car, the camera flashes away. He strikes up a conversation with one of the washers about tips from customers. So begins his first day in Atlanta.
Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South, a thirty minute documentary short, examines the photography of Magnum's most controversial and prolific member as he gathers images for his first commission by a major American art museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
From the first click at the car wash to the Atlanta Steeple Chase six months later, from the warm welcome at the car wash to the unusual travel tip offered to Martin at the Steeple Chase, Martin Parr's energy and x-ray vision burn through Atlanta like a modern day William Hogarth's.
The film features interviews with Susan Meiselas, Philip Gefter, John Gossage and Julian Cox. Hot Spots shows us Martin Parr at his best.