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Martin Parr

Think of England and what do you visualise? If you were Martin Parr it’d be Ascot, charity shops, seaside resorts, cups of tea and nasty shoes.  Born 23 May 1952 in Epsom, Surrey Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at modern society, specifically consumerism, foreign travel and tourism, motoring, family and relationships, and food.

Parr wanted to become a photographer from the age of 14 and cites his grandfather, an amateur photographer, as an early influence. From 1970 to 1973 he studied photography at the Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). In 2008 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in recognition for his ongoing contribution to photography and to Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Art. He married Susan Mitchell in 1980 and is father of a daughter named Ellen Parr (born 1986).

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