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Martin Parr

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Martin Parr is an influential documentary photographer. His use of colour and his ability to raise the snapshot to the level of art has led to him being recognised as a master chronicler of the mundane and everyday Britishness.

With over 90 books published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004, and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar.

Parr has been a member of the Magnum since 1994,and was president of the agency until 2017. In 2013 he 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.

The Martin Parr Foundation was founded in 2014. It opened premises in Bristol in October 2017. The Foundation houses Parr's own archive, and his collection of prints and book dummies made by other photographers—mainly British and Irish photography, and work by several photographers from abroad who have photographed in the UK. There is also a gallery open to the public; its first exhibition is Parr's Black Country Stories. It is located in Paintworks in south east Bristol. Parr is the foundation's main source of income.