Martin Parr is a pioneer of contemporary photographic culture and an avid photography book collector. Between 2013 – 2017, Parr served as the president of Magnum Photos. In 2017, Parr founded the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, which aims to support, collect and preserve the work of photographers who focus on the British Isles. In addition to large-scale retrospectives of his work in the Barbican Art Gallery in London (2002), Haus de Kunst in Munich (2008) and other prestigious venues, Parr’s accolades have included the Dr. Erich Salomon Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh) (2006) and Photo Espania lifetime achievement prize (2008). He is the co-author of three volumes of the highly influential The Photobook: A History, and published The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present in spring 2015. Parr has published over 100 books of his own work and edited another 30. Parr’s work is collected by major museums in the world, including Tate Modern (UK), Centre Pompidou (France) and the Museum of Modern Art (USA).
Parr currently lives and works in Bristol, UK.