Parr, Martin

Martin Parr was born in United Kingdom in 1952. His early interest for photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, a photographer. From 1970 to 1973 he studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic and published his first photography book in 1982, called “Bad Weather”. That same year he embraced color photo. In 1994 he became a member of Magnum Photographic Cooperative. He was interested in different aspects of photography, advertising as well as documentary. He published many picture series and books like the series “Point of sale” in 1985. In 2002 the art Gallery Barbican in London and the National Media Museum in Bradford, England, imagined a retrospective of his works that travelled all around Europe for five years. Between 2004 and 2012 Martin Parr was a teacher at Wales Newport Campus University.  His style makes him a leading figure worldwide.  He was invited as the guest of honor at the “Rencontres d’Arles” in 2004.  In 2006 he was granted the Eric Salomon prize which rewards press institutions or photographers for their “remarkable practice of photojournalism”.