Lives in Bristol
Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, he has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for 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. He was appointed Professor of Photography in 2004 at The University of Wales Newport campus and he won the Baume et Mercier award at PhotoEspana, 2008.
In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Parr’s work, curated by Val Williams, touring internationally.
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 he was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition. Parrworld, an exhibition of Parr's collections opened at Baltic in October 2009.
Martin Parr curated the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2010.