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PARR, Martin

2015-PAR-portrait2Born 1952, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Lives in Bristol, United Kingdom, and works worldwide.


Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognised as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. In addition to his work as a photographer and curator, he is a renowned collector of photographic books, and the co-author with Gerry Badger of The Photobook: A History, volumes I, II, andIII. He is a contributor, curator, and advisor to several other projects about the photobook, including The Chinese Photobook (Aperture, 2015). Martin has published over 80 photobooks, and his photographs are in the collections of museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; and Tate Modern, London. He is a member of Magnum photos and is represented by Kamel Mennour, Paris. Martin Parr was invited to be the artistic director of the 2004 edition of the Rencontres d’Arles. His Last Resort series was exhibited in Arles in 1986.

Martin Parr and the Rencontres d’Arles:

In 1992 Martin Parr presented at the Rencontres d’Arles an exhibition about decoration inside english houses; in 2004 he was the guest of honour curator of the Rencontres d’Arles and he presented his collection of Trays and watches, at the Magasin Electrique. In 2007 Martin Parr took part in the collective exhibition Madame la Présidente, and in 2009 he exhibited at the Atelier de Maintenance: Luxury. In 2011, Martin Parr was one of the five curators of the exhibition From Here On at the Atelier de Mécanique. He will present in 2014, with Wassinklundgren, his collection of Chinese Photobook at the Bureau DesLices. In 2015, Parr presented MMM with Matthieu Chedid at the Rencontres d’Arles.

Portrait of Martin Parr: courtesy of Martin Parr Collection/Magnum Photos.