1. A Glimmer of Hope - The early years.
2. A British obsession - About the 80s and being English: Bad weather, last resort, cost of living, sign of the times.
3. A Promiscuous Photographer - Parr’s obsessions becoming international in the 90s (small world, common sense) and the diversification of his work (press, mode, advertising).
4. The advantage of Being Magnum - Parr’s history with Magnum since 88/89 and his position today between documentary and art
5. The Maturity of Time - His taste for spreading photography more widely (exhibitions, books)and his activities especially in the last 5 or 6 years (as an editor, etc.)Martin Parr will be curating the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2010.
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. 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.
In recent years, he has developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different conventions, such as fashion and advertising.
Quentin Bajac is Head of the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou