Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer.
Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973.
Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad.
In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Corporation.
Martin developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different conventions, such as fashion and advertising.
In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work. This show toured Europe for the next 5 years.
Martin Parr was Professor of Photography at The University of Wales Newport campus from 2004 to 2012.
Martin Parr was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres D’Arles in 2004.
In 2006 Martin Parr was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opens at Photokina.
In 2008 Martin Parr was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition.
Parrworld opened at Haus de Kunst, Mucich, in 2008. The show exhibited Parr’s own collection of objects, postcards, his personal photography collection of both British and International artists, photo books and finally his own photographs. The exhibition toured Europe for the following 2 years.
At PhotoEspana, 2008, Martin Parr wins the Baume et Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.
Martin Parr curated the Brighton Photo Biennial that took place in October 2010.
In 2013, Martin was appointed visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
More recently Martin has just completed a 4-year project documenting the Black Country, an area of the English West Midlands, in conjunction with Multistory. Phaidon have published the third volume of the highly influential History of the Photobook in Spring 2014 and Martin is also working on a book about the History of Chinese Photobooks to be published by Aperture in Spring 2015.
Martin Parr has published over 80 books of his own work and edited another 30.
Books by Martin Parr
Bad Weather, A Zwemmer Ltd, London, 1982.
Calderdale Photographs, Calderdale Museums Service, UK, 1984.
Prescot now and then, Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley Leisure Services Department, UK, 1984.
A Fair Day, Promenade Press, Wallasey, 1984.
The Last Resort, Promenade Press, Wallasey, 1986.
The Cost of Living: Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester, 1989.
One-Day Trip: Editions de la différence, France,1989.
Signs of the Times, Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester, 1992.
Bored Couples, Galerie du Jour, Paris, 1993.
Home and Abroad, Jonathan Cape, London, 1993 .
From A to B: BBC Books, London, 1994.
Small World, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 1995.
Quel Monde! (first French version of Small World), Marval, France, 1995.
British Food, Galerie du Jour, Paris, 1995/1998.
Japanese Endormis, Galerie du Jour, Paris, 1998.
The Last Resort, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 1998/2002.
Common Sense, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 1999.
Sguardi Gardesoni, Edizioni Chartra, Milan, 1999.
Flowers, Munkedals, Sweden, 1999.
Benidorm, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 1999.
Autoportrait, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 2000.
Flowers, Galerie du Jour, Paris, 2000.
Think of England, Phaidon Press Limited, 2000.
Martin Parr by Val Williams: Phaidon Press Limited, London, 2002/2003.
The Phone Book: Rocket Gallery, London, 2002.
The Phone Book: 20:21, Essen, 2002.
7 Communist Still Lives: Nazraeli Press, USA, 2003.
Signes Des Temps: Textuel, Paris, 2004.
Think of England (second edition), Phaidon Press Limited, 2004/2005/2006/2007.
7 Colonial Still Lives: Nazraeli Press, USA, 2005.
Martin Parr, vu par, Edition Point de vues, France, 2005.
Road Trip: Martin Parr and Friends, Sony Ericsson, 2005.
I Grandi Fotografi Magnum Photos: Martin Parr, Hachette Fascicoli, 2005.
Mexico: Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2006.
Parrjektif: Mavi Jeans, Istanbul, 2006.
Tutta Roma: Contrasto, Rome, 2006.
Parking Spaces: Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2007.
Small World 2007: Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 2007.
Martin Parr: Witness Number Three, Joy of Giving Something Inc, New York, 2007.
Les grands photographes de MAGNUM PHOTOS: Martin Parr, Hachette, Paris, 2007.
Phaidon 55: Martin Parr, Phaidon Press Ltd, London, 2007.
Martin Parr, 1971-2000 (Retrospective), 2007
Correspondencia, AFA Editions, Chile, 2008.
Petite Planete (revised French version of Small World), Hoelbeke, France, 2008.
Everybody Dance Now: editions2wice, New York, 2009.
Playas, Chris Boot Ltd, London & Editorial RM, Mexico, 2009.
Luxury, Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2009.
The Last Resort, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2009.
Joachim Schmid Is Martin Parr, Martin Parr is Joachim Schmid, Schmid/Blurb, 2009.
Assorted Cocktail, Casal Solleric de Palma, Majorca, 2009.
Martin Parr in India, 1984-2009. PHOTOink, New Delhi, 2010.
The Real World, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, 2010.
Parr by Parr, Editions Textuel (French Version), Paris, 2010.
Parr by Parr, Schilt Publishing (English Version), Amsterdam, 2010.
A Book of Kings, Third Millennium Information Ltd, London, 2010.
Six by Six (set 1): Machu Picchu, Nazraeli Press, USA, 2010.
One Day : 10 Photographers, Kehrer Verlag, 2010.
Assorted Cocktail, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2011.
Japan, Super Labo, Japan, 2011.
Urban Outfitter, Summer Preview 2011, Urban Outfitters, 2011.
7 Cups of Tea, Nazraeli Press, USA, 2012.
No Worries, T&G Publishing, Australia, 2012.
Up and Down Peachtree, Contrasto, Italy, 2012.
Souvenir, Exhibition Catalogue, CCCB, Barcelona, 2012.
Made in Italy, 2012
Life’s a Beach, Aperture Foundation, New York & Xavier Barral, Paris, 2012.
Parr by Parr, Tree Media Content (Russian Version), Russia, 2012.
Parr by Parr (Italian Version), Contrasto, 2012
Life’s a Beach (beach bag version), Aperture, 2013
The Non-Conformists, Aperture, 2013
Martin Parr by Sandra S Phillips, Phaidon Press, London, 2013
Martin Parr by Val Williams (updated Retrospective), Phaidon Press, London, 2014
Grand Paris, Xavier Barral, Paris, France, 2014
Signs of the Times, Beetles Gallery, London, 2014
Voewood Festival, Voewood Publications, UK, 2014
Bad Weather, Errata Editions, New York, 2014
Hong Kong Parr, GOST, London / Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2014
Black Country Stories, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Heaton Moor, 2014
We Love Britain! Schirmer/Mosel, Germany, 2014
Artist books by Martin Parr
Home Sweet Home: Self Published, 1974.
Benidorm: Self Published, 1997.
West Bay, The Rocket Press, Oxfordshire, 1997.
Boring Oregon Photographs: Self-Published, 2000.
Cherry Blossom Time in Tokyo: Eyestorm.com, London, 2001.
Souvenir du Maroc, Self Published, 2001.
Stars and Stripes (New York), Self Published, 2001.
Cruise Memories, Self Published, 2002.
Knokke: Frank Bordas, Paris, 2002.
Love Cube: GUN, Sweden, 2007.
Chinese Wedding Album, Self Published, 2010.
From Tintypes to Teatowels, Rose Gallery, 2011.
Aperture Remix, Aperture, 2012
Instant Parr, Goliga, 2013
Books edited by Martin Parr
‘The Actual Boot’: A. H. Jolly in association with The National Museum of Photography, 1986.
London 1958-1950 (Edited by Martin Parr and Agnes Sire): Dewi Lewis, 1998.
Boring Postcards: Phaidon Press, 1999.
Boring Postcards USA: Phaidon Press, 2000.
Langweilige Postkarten (Boring Postcards Germany): Phaidon Press, 2001.
From our House to your House: Dewi Lewis, 2002.
Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight: Chris Boot, 2002.
Bliss: Chris Boot, 2003.
Saddam Hussein Watches: Chris Boot, 2004.
Lodz Ghetto Album: Chris Boot, 2004.
The Photobook: A History Vol. 1 (Edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger): Phaidon, 2004.
My Amsterdam, Ed Van der Elsken, Der Verbeelding, 2005.
David Goldblatt, Photographs: Contrasto, 2006.
The Photobook: A History Vol. 2 (Edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger): Phaidon, 2006.
Darkroom, Michel Campeau: Nazraeli Press, 2007.
Half awake and half asleep in the water, Asako Narahashi: Nazraeli Press, 2007.
Postcards: Chris Boot, 2008.
Objects: Chris Boot, 2008.
Bureaucratics, Jan Banning: Nazraeli Press, 2008.
School, Raimond Wouda: Nazraeli Press, 2009.
Archivo: Archivo News, 2009.
Retratos Pintados, collection of Titus Riedl, Nazraeli Press 2010.
Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, BPB, 2010.
Las postales de las familias Garcia Lorca y De los Rios, Caja Madrid, 2010.
Grimaces of the Weary Village, White Space Gallery, 2010.
Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, PhotoIreland, 2011.
La Creciente, Nazraeli Press, 2011.
The Protest Box, Steidl, 2011.
The Latin American Photobook, Aperture, 2011.
Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight, 2011.
C Photo / New Latin Look, 2012.
Strangely Familiar, Peter Mitchell, Nazraeli Press, USA, 2013
The Photobook: A History Vol. 3 (Edited by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger), Phaidon Press Limited, London, 2014.