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Martin Parr
British, b. 1952 (Member)
Martin Parr has been photographing beach life over many decades, documenting all aspects of this tradition including close ups of sun bathers, swimming dips and picnics in the UK as well as in countries as far apart as China, Argentina and Thailand. This exhibition demonstrates Parr engagement with a cherished subject matter, where all absurdities and quirky National behaviours seamlessly fuse tog Read full story
May 14, 2019
This summer Martin Parr’s work will be displayed
within the gardens of the famous palace

Martin Parr has taken inspiration from the crowds of
people who visit Versailles, their cosmopolitan and
diversity giving rise to a colourful series of images, rich
in emotion and typical ironic humour. This series are
on display in the Pavillon Frais, located in the French
Garden of the Petit Trianon, now open... More...
Feb 14, 2019
“In the States, there is a strong tradition of street
photography; in the UK, we have the beach.”

Easily recognizable for their bright colours and unusual
close-ups, Martin Parr’s photographs capture with great
humour the peculiarities of his fellow human beings on
the beach. Perhaps the ultimate place of freedom, the
beach is also one of the rare public spaces where it is
still possible to encounter... More...
Jan 31, 2019
The British photographer’s work exploring tokens and trinkets travels to Bogota

Martin Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours... More...
Featured Essays
Dec 18, 2018
"This summer I had the pleasure of finally getting to shoot photos at Lord's, the "home of cricket", in north London. It was well worth the wait to be able to capture this bastion of sporting tradition and establishment life on film. The members all wear jackets and ties and queue outside from the early hours to get the best seats.
I had a question for their press office: which cricket ground in Asia... More...
Featured Essays
Nov 20, 2018
I remember so well arriving into Manchester in 1970, having travelled from the safety of suburban Surrey. It was exciting and felt very real. Having been a regular visitor to the Bradford area to stay with my grandparents I had tasted the north, and always liked the friendliness and sense of community that was so difficult to find in Surrey.
I was also about to do a 3 year course in photography, a... More...