MARTIN PARR (Born 1952)

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DRAMATIC, GLAMOROUS, OVER-THE-TOP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DRAMATIC, GLAMOROUS, OVER-THE-TOP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, 1991

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I SPOKE WITH GARY ABOUT THE TREE-MUG BUT THERE WAS NO WAY HE WOULD CHANGE IT, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I SPOKE WITH GARY ABOUT THE TREE-MUG BUT THERE WAS NO WAY HE WOULD CHANGE IT, 1991

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EVERYTHING'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I CAN'T JUST LIVE IN AN ORDINARY HOUSE, IT HAS TO BE A SPECIAL HOUSE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EVERYTHING'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I CAN'T JUST LIVE IN AN ORDINARY HOUSE, IT HAS TO BE A SPECIAL HOUSE, 1991

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IT'S THIS EDWARDIAN LOOK THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE FROM THE BOTTOM RIGHT UP TO THE TOP OF THE HOUSE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT'S THIS EDWARDIAN LOOK THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE FROM THE BOTTOM RIGHT UP TO THE TOP OF THE HOUSE, 1991

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MARIE-LOUISE'S PIG IRRITATES ME INTENSLY. I CAN'T SAY WHY, BUT IT JUST IRRITATES ME INTENSELY, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARIE-LOUISE'S PIG IRRITATES ME INTENSLY. I CAN'T SAY WHY, BUT IT JUST IRRITATES ME INTENSELY, 1991

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TO COME HOME IN THE EVENINGS TO FIND THE KIDS HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR OWN 
FORM OF ANARCHY IS JUST ABOUT THE LAST THING I CAN FACE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TO COME HOME IN THE EVENINGS TO FIND THE KIDS HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR OWN FORM OF ANARCHY IS JUST ABOUT THE LAST THING I CAN FACE, 1991

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WE WANTED A COTTAGEY STATELY HOME KIND OF FEEL, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE WANTED A COTTAGEY STATELY HOME KIND OF FEEL, 1991

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THE HOUSE CAME WITH EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO THE BARS OF SOAP, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE HOUSE CAME WITH EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO THE BARS OF SOAP, 1991

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WE KEEP BUYING THINGS THINKING 'THAT'LL LOOK BETTER' AND IT JUST DOESN'T, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE KEEP BUYING THINGS THINKING 'THAT'LL LOOK BETTER' AND IT JUST DOESN'T, 1991

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THE FIRE HAS A LIGHT BULB UNDERNEATH WHICH WE DON'T USE BECAUSE IT IS VERY CHEAP LOOKING, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE FIRE HAS A LIGHT BULB UNDERNEATH WHICH WE DON'T USE BECAUSE IT IS VERY CHEAP LOOKING, 1991

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THERE WASN'T ANYTHING HERE THAT HAD A FEMININE TOUCH. I BASICALLY MOVED IN AND PLONKED THINGS DOWN, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THERE WASN'T ANYTHING HERE THAT HAD A FEMININE TOUCH. I BASICALLY MOVED IN AND PLONKED THINGS DOWN, 1991

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I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY WHEN THIS CARPET WENT DOWN BECAUSE IT CAME OVER TELEVISION THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY WHEN THIS CARPET WENT DOWN BECAUSE IT CAME OVER TELEVISION THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED, 1991

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I THINK WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOOK THAT IS ESTABLISHED, WARM, COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I THINK WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOOK THAT IS ESTABLISHED, WARM, COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL, 1991

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I GET SUCH PLEASURE FROM THEM EVERY DAY WHEN I SIT IN THE BATH, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I GET SUCH PLEASURE FROM THEM EVERY DAY WHEN I SIT IN THE BATH, 1991

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WOODWORM DOES GENERATE THROUGH THE FURNITURE, AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'RE PUTTING NEW THINGS INTO YOUR HOME THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS AN INVITATION TO WORMS, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WOODWORM DOES GENERATE THROUGH THE FURNITURE, AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'RE PUTTING NEW THINGS INTO YOUR HOME THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS AN INVITATION TO WORMS, 1991

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SUE HAS DEFINITELY GIVEN THE BATHROOM THE FEMININE TOUCH, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SUE HAS DEFINITELY GIVEN THE BATHROOM THE FEMININE TOUCH, 1991

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AFTER A FEW WEEKS LIVING HERE I PUT OUT A FEW TEDDY BEARS AND HE CAME HOME ONE DAY AND JUST WENT MAD ABOUT IT, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AFTER A FEW WEEKS LIVING HERE I PUT OUT A FEW TEDDY BEARS AND HE CAME HOME ONE DAY AND JUST WENT MAD ABOUT IT, 1991

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IT WAS VERY MASCULINE WHEN I CAME IN HERE, SO I PUT MY QUILT OUT - THE FLOWERY ONE WHICH HE DETESTS, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT WAS VERY MASCULINE WHEN I CAME IN HERE, SO I PUT MY QUILT OUT - THE FLOWERY ONE WHICH HE DETESTS, 1991

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IT STILL FEELS AS THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A HOTEL SUITE. I WANT TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND RING FOR ROOM SERVICE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT STILL FEELS AS THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A HOTEL SUITE. I WANT TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND RING FOR ROOM SERVICE, 1991

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I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT ARE VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT ARE VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, 1991

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Martin Parr is widely acknowledged for his photographic projects that highlight, and gently satirize people and their cultures. Born in Epsom, Surrey on 23 May 1952, the son of a civil servant, he was heavily influenced by his grandfather's hobby as an amateur photographer. Parr went on to study the subject at Manchester Polytechnic (1970-73).

On graduating, Parr began work as a professional photographer, supporting his career, by taking on various teaching assignments between 1975 and the early 1990s. At the beginning of the 1980s his work aimed to mirror the lifestyle of ordinary British people, reflecting the social decline and distress of the working class during the era of Margaret Thatcher. He earned an international reputation for his oblique approach to social documentary, and for innovative imagery, in particular his black and white projects such as "Bad Weather"'in 1982 and later his publication "A Fair Day'"in 1984.

"The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton" (1986) was Parr's first project to show a move towards his now distinct personal style: bright colours and vivid images, that captured the holidaymakers of New Brighton and set alight his passion for observing society. This series has since become a modern classic.

Parr's global project, "Common Sense" (1995-99), developed this technique further and gained him more recognition as a satirical photojournalist. The project aimed to highlight the idiosyncrasies of different contemporary cultures such as a British cup of tea, a dazzling Hollywood smile and other such "cultural clichés".

In the 1990s the BBC aired a documentary called "Signs of the Times", in collaboration with Nicholas Barker and Martin Parr. Directed by Barker, it was an early version of reality television and was seen as a fly-on-the-wall documentary combined with the celebrity show "Through the Keyhole". An advertisement was placed in the British national and regional press asking for volunteers to be involved in the film. It was to be a show documenting the personal tastes of people in the British home. Two thousand people applied and fifty were chosen, from a range of ages, races, genders and social backgrounds. Parr was asked by Barker to be the stills photographer on the shoot, and created a subsequent book to accompany the documentary. Each of the titles he and Barker gave the photographs are quotes from people in the film, which inadvertently send themselves up. Subtitled "portrait of the nation's taste" these photographs give an insightful and amusing view of British taste in the 90s.

For Parr, the moral atrophy and preposterousness of our daily lives means we can only find salvation through adopting a certain sense of humour. Much of his work satirizes the banality, boredom and lack of meaning that he finds prevalent in modern times.

Parr is a member of Magnum Photos, and is still one of the country's most popular photojournalists, contributing to a wide range of printed media. He has won many awards throughout his career including the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Award and, in 2006, Photokina's Eric Soloman Award for photojournalism.

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