The british photographer Martin Parr will give a rare and wide-ranging talk at the London School of Economics (Hong Kong Theater), on the 21st April. He will discuss his ground-breaking career, spanning more than 40 years and often focusing on themes of leisure, consumption and communication.
Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the President. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Additionally, Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1988, and was voted President of Magnum Photos International in 2014.
Martin Parr is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography title, part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Upon being told of the award, Martin Parr mentioned that “It is a great honour to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography title, especially knowing the illustrious previous recipients such as William Klein and William Eggleston. It is also very re-assuring to see the World Photography Organisation and Sony’s continuing support for all aspects of contemporary photography, through this exhibition and this season of awards.”
Forcing the viewer to look again at the familiar, Martin Parr has often faced accusations of mocking those he has photographed. The Last Resort (1985) is widely acknowledged as his breakthrough show and the photographer since become an inspiration for a generation of young photographers. He is a prolific collector of photography books and has written a large number himself.
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