Martin Parr is a photographer I've alway connected with. His subjects (even food), have a melancholy quality. In contrast, William Egglestone's photographs (who I have to compare with Martin Parr), are equally engaging, but I feel distant from the subjects.
There's a very good short video on the Guardian web site where you can see Marting Parr (that's him above), discussing one of his famous photographs. A nice little insight.