Martin Parr New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-85

Martin Parr

B. United Kingdom, 1952

The Works

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1

Martin Parr

Manchester

1971

Archival pigment print, printed later

2

Martin Parr

Untitled, from ‘Butlins by the Sea’

1972

Silver gelatin print, printed later

3

Martin Parr

Stratford Upon Avon

1974

Silver gelatin print, printed later

4

Martin Parr

Crimsworth Dean Methodist Chapel, West Yorkshire

1975

Silver gelatin print, printed later

5

Martin Parr

North Yorkshire, Harrogate, Brimham Rocks

1974

Silver gelatin print, printed later

6

Martin Parr

Mid Summer Madness Party

1989

Modern c-type print

7

Martin Parr

Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, from ‘Beauty Spots’

1975

Silver gelatin print, printed later

8

Martin Parr

Jubilee Street Party, Elland, Yorkshire

1977

Silver gelatin print, printed later

9

Martin Parr

Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, West Yorkshire

1977

Silver gelatin print, printed later

10

Martin Parr

Mr and Mrs Connolley Practise Dancing in the Otherwise Unused Booth Chapel Sunday School, Booth, West Yorkshire

1976

Silver gelatin print, printed later

11

Martin Parr

Surrey Bird Club, Surrey

1972

Silver gelatin print, printed later

12

Martin Parr

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex

1978

Silver gelatin print, printed later

13

Martin Parr

Boulderclough Methodist Chapel, Anniversary Tea, Calderdale, from ‘The Non-Conformists’

1978

Silver gelatin print, printed later

14

Martin Parr

Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England

1977

Silver gelatin print, printed later

15

Martin Parr

Mayor of Todmorden’s Inaugural Banquet, Calderdale

1976

Silver gelatin print, printed later

16

Martin Parr

Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, from ‘Bad Weather’, March

1980

Silver gelatin print, printed later

17

Martin Parr

Steep Lane Baptist Church Buffet Lunch, Calderdale, Halifax, West Yorkshire

1976

Silver gelatin print, printed later

18

Martin Parr

Abandoned Morris Minors, Arigna, County Roscommon, from ‘A Fair Day’

1980-1983

Silver gelatin print, printed later

19

Martin Parr

Seafront, Blackpool

1977

Silver gelatin print, printed later

20

Martin Parr

Jubilee Street Party, Todmorden, West Yorkshire

1977

Silver gelatin print, printed later

21

Martin Parr

Rosses Point, County Sligo, from ‘A Fair Day’

1983

Silver gelatin print, printed later

22

Martin Parr

Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland

1983

Silver gelatin print, printed later

23

Martin Parr

Wheldrake, North Yorkshire

1980

Silver gelatin print, printed later

24

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-85

Archival pigment print, printed later

25

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton), from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-1985

Archival pigment print, printed later

26

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-85

Archival pigment print, printed later

27

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-85

Archival pigment print, printed later

28

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton), from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-1985

Archival pigment print, printed later

29

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’

1983-85

Archival pigment print, printed later

30

Martin Parr

A Cobblers, Salford, 1986

1983-1985

Archival pigment print, printed later

31

Martin Parr

Ramsgate, Kent

1986

Archival pigment print, printed later

32

Martin Parr

Margate, Kent

1986

Archival pigment print, printed later

33

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton)

1983-85

C-type print

34

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton)

1983-85

C-type print

35

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton)

1983-85

C-type print

36

Martin Parr

Lunch for a Couple, Ramsgate, Kent, from ‘Home and Abroad’

1986

Archival pigment print, printed later

37

Martin Parr

It’s Not Stuff That Run-Of-The-Mill People Would Have in Their Homes

1991

C-type print, printed later

38

Martin Parr

I Wanted to be a Little Bit Different, a Little Bit Individual, That’s Why I Only Did One Side

1991

C-type print, printed later

39

Martin Parr

Each to Their Own But I Think This is Going to be One of the Best – if Not the Best – Houses on the Estate

1991

C-type print, printed later

40

Martin Parr

I Don’t Think it’s Anything Particularly Forced on Deborah, We’ve Just Always Enjoyed the Same Sort of Things

1991

C-type print, printed later

41

Martin Parr

It Still Feels as Though we are Living in a Hotel Suite. I Want to Pick up the Phone and Ring for Room Service

1991

C-type print, printed later

42

Martin Parr

We Thought we Could Make it Look Sort of Bistro-y Looking in the Kitchen and Then Carry it Through to the Lounge

1991

C-type print

43

Martin Parr

Marie-Louise’s Pig Irritates me Intensely. I Can’t Say Why, But it Just Irritates me Intensely

1991

C-type print, printed later

44

Martin Parr

It’s this Edwardian Look that we’re Trying to Achieve from the Bottom Right Up to the Top of the House

1991

C-type print, printed later

45

Martin Parr

I Remember Very Clearly When this Carpet Went Down Because it Came Over Television that President Kennedy was Assassinated

1991

C-type print, printed later

46

Martin Parr

After a Few Weeks Living Here I Put Out a Few Teddy Bears and he Came Home One Day and Just Went Mad About it

1991

C-type print, printed later

47

Martin Parr

Dramatic, Glamorous, Over-The-Top. I Think That’s What We’re Looking For

1991

C-type print, printed later

48

Martin Parr

To Come Home in the Evenings to Find the Kids Have Carried Out Their Own Form of Anarchy is Just About the Last Thing I Can Face

1991

C-type print, printed later

49

Martin Parr

We Wanted a Cottagey Stately Home Kind of Feel

1991

C-type print, printed later

50

Martin Parr

I Get Such Pleasure from them Every Day When I Sit in the Bath

1991

C-type print, printed later

51

Martin Parr

The House Came with Everything Right Down to the Bars of Soap

1991

C-type print, printed later

52

Martin Parr

We Keep Buying Things Thinking ‘That’ll Look Better’ and it Just Doesn’t

1991

C-type print, printed later

53

Martin Parr

I Think we are Looking for a Look that is Established, Warm, Comfortable, Traditional

1991

C-type print, printed later

54

Martin Parr

When I Looked at the Wallpaper and the Wallpaper Looked at me we Instantly Fell in Love

1991

C-type print, printed later

55

Martin Parr

I Spoke with Gary About the Tree-Mug but There was no Way he Would Change it

1991

C-type print, printed later

Martin Parr

B. United Kingdom 1952

martin-parr-portrait

B. United Kingdom 1952

Biography

Martin Parr’s distinctive style of photography captures the oddities and humours of everyday British life through a vibrantly coloured, hyper-realistic lens. At the beginning of the 1980s Parr’s work aimed to mirror the lifestyle of ordinary British people, reflecting the social decline and distress of the working class during the era of Margaret Thatcher. He earned an international reputation for his oblique approach to social documentary, and for innovative imagery. The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton (1986) was Parr’s first project to show a move towards his now distinct personal style: bright colours and vivid images, gaining him the reputation as a renowned satirical photojournalist. Other of Parr’s series include Bad Weather (1982), Common Sense (1995-99), and Signs of the Times (1992).

Parr was born in Surrey in 1952, later studying Photography at Manchester Polytechnic. He has exhibited his work globally since 1974, including exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery and The Photographer’s Gallery, London, The National Centre of Photography, Paris and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan. Parr is prolific in his output and has published over a hundred books of his own work. He has won many awards throughout his career including the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Award, Photokina’s Eric Solomon Award for photojournalism and in 2017, Sony World Photography Award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography. Parr was the president of Magnum Photos between 2013 – 2017, and remains one of the country’s most popular photojournalists, contributing to a wide range of printed media. Parr founded the Martin Parr Foundation in 2014, opening its premises in Bristol in 2017. The Foundation holds Parr’s own archive, and is a centre for talks, screenings and events. 

He lives and works in Bristol.

Martin Parr is represented by Rocket Gallery.

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Exhibitions

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Martin Parr at Huxley-Parlour Installation View

Martin Parr: Early Work, 1971-1986

15.5 - 9.62018

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I Don’t Think it’s Anything Particularly Forced on Deborah, We’ve Just Always Enjoyed the Same Sort of Things Martin Parr

Martin Parr: Signs Of The Times

15.7 - 29.82014

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