Martin Parr

Photographer Martin Parr

GB. England. London. Lord Mayor’s Show. City of London. 2013.
GB. England. London. Lord Mayor’s Show. City of London. 2013.

Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world.

Parr has said of his photography:
The fundamental thing I’m exploring constantly is the difference between the mythology of the place and the reality of it… Remember I make serious photographs disguised as entertainment. That’s part of my mantra. I make the pictures acceptable in order to find the audience but deep down there is actually a lot going on that’s not sharply written in your face. If you want to read it you can read it.

A true representation of what I think a photographer is. Someone who captures real life in every sense of the word real. No selfies or funky poses. When I look at Parr’s photographs, I see lots of saturated and possibly exaggerated colours, which add to the entertainment of his work. This gives the photograph a much complimented stylish visual of whatever the image may consist of. To constantly document life and the changes from decade to decade, must be a great thing, and this shows through Parr’s work.  His photography technique has not changed much throughout the years, as his photos become increasingly more impressive and satirical as the years go on. Each photo as sharp and energetic as the next.


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