Martin Parr | the artist
The artist Martin Parr
Born 1952, Epson, Surrey, England.
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Parrs grandfather encouraged his early interest in photography, and he studied at the Manchester School of Art. In the early 1980s, Parr produced a series of photographs of New Brighton, a run-down seaside resort outside Liverpool. The gaudy and sometimes grotesque imagery of these works seemed to reflect the spirit of Thatchers Britain, while echoing the tradition of tacky seaside postcards…
With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society's natural prejudice and giving this a twist.
Martin was born in 1952 and went to college at the then Manchester Polytechnic College in 1972 to study for his degree. Whilst at college Martin became influenced by the American photo-documentarists William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz and the postcards of John Hinde. But his preoccupation with domestic and social matters was first shown in the board game he developed called "Love Cubes"! This featured portraits of couples shot individually and the idea was to rejoin the couples. The Barbican features a computerised version which was quite interesting and surprisingly difficult!..
Parr is known for his satirical documentation of British contemporary life; capturing a range of social demographics he offers a colourful social panorama of Britain today unmasking the banal and the offbeat with his wry look at class and wealth. Many of his images appear exaggerated and yet they are inventive and often humorous using colour and motif to great effect. For more than 30 years, Parr has been documenting society and everyday culture initially in Britian and Ireland but later across the world, taking in global phenomena such as mass tourism, consumerism, social and cultural events…