Martin Parr (born 23 May 1952) is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world. His major projects have been rural communities (1975–1982), The Last Resort (1983–1985), The Cost of Living (1987–1989), Small World (1987–1994) and Common Sense (1995–1999). Since 1994, Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos. He has had around 40 solo photobooks published, and has featured in around 80 exhibitions worldwide – including the international touring exhibition ParrWorld, and a retrospective at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, in 2002.The Martin Parr Foundation, founded in 2014, opened premises in his hometown of Bristol in 2017. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery.
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Studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970 to 1973. Parr then worked as a photojournalist in Manchester from 1973 to 1974. Parr moved to Ireland in 1980. He is known for his sometimes biting and satirical, often humorous photographs of British life. He is a member of the photo co-operative Magnum Photos.
British, English
Artist, Photojournalist, Photographer
Martin Parr
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