Martin Parr

Lives & works: UK

Martin Parr is a wry chronicler of modern times. In the 1970’s Parr was one of the first photographers to exhibit at the newly opened Impressions Gallery, Bradford, in shows entitled Butlin’s by the Sea and Home Sweet Home alongside Daniel Meadows. Parr has since continued to playfully document the odd social conventions of the British working and middle-class.

The print Mayor of Todmorden’s Inaugural Banquet, 1977 is one of Parr’s early photographs from his series The Non-Conformists, photographed in the late 70’s in the picturesque Yorkshire mill-town of Hebden Bridge and nearby Calder Valley. This series reflected the rapidly disappearing community of the time, with its factory closures and industrial decline.

Parr has exhibited widely since the 1970’s, including the Arnolfini Gallery Bristol (1974); London’s Photographers Gallery (1977); The Serpentine Galleries, London (1986); Fine Art Museum, Russia (1999); Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Canada (1999); Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, USA (2004); Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2005); Galeria ZPAF I S->KA, Krakow, Poland (2007); Rocket Gallery, London, UK (2007); Aperture, New York, USA (2013); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2013); New Art Gallery Walsall, UK (2014); Galeria Lume, Soa Paulo, Brazil ( 2015) and The Hepworth Wakefield, UK (2016).

Parr’s many prizes and awards include the Photo Espana Book Prize (2013); Eric Solomon Award for Photojournalism, Photokina (2006); Photo Espania Lifetime Achievement Prize (2008) and The Lucie Award, for Achievement in Documentary Photography (2014).

His works are held in many private and public collections including Arts Council of Great Britain; The V&A Museum, London; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Getty Museum, USA; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK; Tate London and Kodak, France.

In 2016 Parr curated Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, at The Barbican, London.

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