Martin Parr (part1)

Martin Parr

Social Documentary Photographer

Martin Parr is a modern British photographer. He is famous internationally for his history of modern life and his asymmetrical approach to social documentary photography and creative works.

Martin Parr was born in 1952 in the United Kingdom as a photographer and journalist. As a child, he and his father traveled along the river and watched the birds. A pastime helped grow his skills as a photographer. It also strengthened his silence and patience.

His first interest in photography began when he visited his grandfather for a vacation. His grandfather (George Parr) was a beginner photographer. He was busy with photography and film printing process at the time. Therefore, Martin decided to become a photographer in the future.

In 1970, he entered the Polytechnic University of Manchester to study photography. In 1973, he graduated from the university. After that, he held the first exhibition of his works. Its name was “Sweet House.”

Martin Parr began his job in the early 1970s. In that time, he admired Carrie Winogrand and Tony Ray-Jones. They were also photographers. They took photos in black and white. They saw the world around them with a special focus and characteristics, and moods.

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Parr’s photography in the 1970s was the found of the new world. It was an event called everyday life. Butlins by the Sea in 1971 was this event. The Collections re-focused on the daily lives of the British people.

He continued his black-and-white photographs of everyday life. Martin traveled to Yorkshire to spend about five years living in the area, resulting in a collection of elusive traditions.

The Elusive Collection and the first collection of images that Martin Parr saw and became famous for were the black-and-white photographs. He published in book form in the early 1980s under the name The Incompatible or Elusive.

In 1975, when Martin finished his study in Arts, he traveled to beautiful Yorkshire. He photographed and documented different parts of the city over five years. During this time, he focused more on the aspects of traditional life that were taking place. It was concentrated on disappearing.

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