Exposing average people in everyday circumstances, Martin Parr's photographs reveal people at rest, people at play, people seeking entertainment, and people pursuing vanity. His photographs simultaneously capture individuality and conformity. Martin Parr shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly, and reveals all with humor and acceptance.
About the artist...
Born in Epsom, Surrey, England in UK, in 1952, Martin Parr's grandfather encouraged Martin's interest in photography from a very young age.
Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Corporation.
Following his formal education, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects, and has published over 70 books of his own work.
In 2002 a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work was initiated by the Barbicon Art Gallery and the National Media Museum, which toured Europe for 5 years.
Martin Parr was appointed Professor of Photography in 2004 at the University of Wales Newport campus and was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres D'Arles in 2004.
In 2006 Martin Parr was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opens at Photokina.
In 2008 Martin Parr was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition.
Parrworld opened at Haus der Kunst, Munich, in 2008. The show exhibited Parr’s own collection of objects, postcards, his personal photography collection of both British and International artists, photo books and finally his own photographs. The exhibition toured Europe for the following 2 years.
At PhotoEspana, 2008, Martin Parr wins the Baume et Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.
Martin Parr curated Brighton Photo Biennial that took place in October 2010.
More recently Martin has been working on a 4-year project documenting the Black Country, an area of the English West Midlands, in conjunction with Multistory. He is currently updating the History of the Photobook (Vol 3), and often does much work to promote new photographers.