Martin Parr
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  • Bio

  • Exhibitions

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Born in Epsom, Surrey, Martin Parr has studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic (1970-73) and gained early recognition in Europe and abroad as he won three successive awards from the Arts Council of Great Britain in the late 1970s.

To support his career as a freelance photographer, he took on various teaching assignments between 1975 and the early 1990s. Then, after much heated debate because of his provocative photographic style, he became a Magnum member in 1994, and his work has been widely exhibited in Europe and the United States and acquired by a large number of public collections.

In recent years Parr, a prolific photographer who best expresses himself through books, has continued shooting assignments in medium-format color, but has also experimented with fill-in flash and a 35mm ringflash camera. His subject matter continues to be the study of the idiocies of mass tourism as well as the spiritual crisis of the lower classes and the middle class. He shows us an environmentally destroyed world in which the major saving grace is a gritty, very British sense of humor. He has shot several film documentaries and a TV documentary, "Think of England".
1952Born in Espom, Surrey, UK
1970–73Studies Photography at Manchester Polytechnic, UK
1975/79 Arts Council of Great Britain Photography Award
1975-82Visiting lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Chelsea School of Art
1982/84Visiting lecturer at School of Documentary Photography, Newport
1983-90Visiting lecturer, West Surrey College of Art and Design
1990/92 Visiting Professor of Photography, University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki
since 1994Member of Magnum Photographic Corporation
since 2004Professor of Photography, University of Wales, Newport

Exhibitions (Selection)

2005Swissness, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Martin Parr: Oeuvres 1971-2000, MEP, Paris
2004Martin Parr: Photographische Werke 1971-2000, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Shanghai surprise, Lothringer13, Munich
2003Martin Parr: Fotografías 1971-2000, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Kunsthalle Rotterdam National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen
Studio Trisorio, Naples
2002Rose Gallery, Los Angeles
Rocket Gallery, London
Martin Parr Photographic Works 1971-2000, Barbican Art Gallery and major European tour
Sirieuze Zaken, Amsterdam
Rose Gallery, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica
The Phone Show, Rocket Gallery, London (catalogue)
2001England, Rocket Gallery, London (catalogue)
Ars Futura, Zurich
2000Kulturbeutel, Old Post Office, Mitte Berlin
Gallery du Jour, Paris
Japonais Endormis, Kunsthalle, Rotterdam
Autoportrait, Tom Blau Gallery, London (catalogue)
20/21 Gallery, Essen
1999Benidorm, Sprengel Museum, Hanover
Ars Futura, Zurich
Common Sense, 43 locations worldwide
1998Gallery Riis, Oslo
Japonais Endormis, Gallery du Jour, Paris (catalogue)
Ooh La La, National Museum of Photography, Bradford
1997West Bay, Rocket Gallery, London (catalogue)
1996Janet Borden, New York
1995Small World and From A to B, National Centre of Photography, Paris
Small World, Photographer’s Gallery, London (catalogue)
1994Curitiba Photo Festival, Brazil
From A to B, 27 Welcome Break Service Stations, UK (catalogue)
1993Home and Abroad, Watershed Gallery, Bristol and international tour (catalogue)
Bored Couples, Gallery du Jour, Paris and tour (catalogue)
A Year in the Life of Chew Stoke, Chew Stoke Village Hall, Bristol (catalogue)
1992Kiek in de Kok Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Signs of the Times, Janet Borden, New York
1991Gallery Jacques Gordat, Paris
Janet Borden, New York
1989The Cost of Living, Royal Photographic Society, Bath and tour (catalogue)
1988Kodak Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
1987Spending Time, National Centre of Photography, Paris
ICP Midtown, New York
1986Amsterdam Manifestation
Fotograficentrum, Stockholm
Arles Festival
Museum Folkwang, Essen
The Last Resort, Serpentine Gallery, London (catalogue)
Point of Sale, Salford City Art Gallery
1985George Eastman House, Rochester
1984A Fair Day, Orchard Gallery, Derry and tour (catalogue)
British Photographic Society, Geology Museum, Beixing
1983International Photography Festival, Malmo
1982Bad Weather, Photographer’s Gallery, London and tour (catalogue)
Rural Irish Photographers, Neikrug Gallery, New York (catalogue)
1981The Non-Conformists, Camerawork, London
1978Fotomania Gallery, Barcelona
1977Photographer’s Gallery, London
1976Beauty Spots, Impressions Gallery, York and tour
1974Home Sweet Home, Impressions Gallery, York and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (catalogue)

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

The Cost of Living, 1989
Home and Abroad, 1993
Bored Couples, 1993
From A to B, 1994
Small World, 1995
Common Sense, 1999
Boring Postcards, 1999
Martin Parr. Autoportrait, 2000
Think of England, 2000
Martin Parr, 2002

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