martin parr interview

Martin Parr is our guest on The FujiCast today, internationally admired and acclaimed for his important contribution to documentary photography.

His wry observational work champions his subjects whilst gently satirising culture. A true Magnum great.

Kevin interviews Martin Parr

We think it’s fair to say that Martin Parr has been mention a lot on the show, and so it’s with great pleasure that Kevin got to interview one of his photographic idols for today’s episode.

According to Wikipedia:

Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world.

His major projects have been rural communities (1975–1982), The Last Resort (1983–1985), The Cost of Living (1987–1989), Small World (1987–1994) and Common Sense (1995–1999).

Since 1994, Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos. He has had around 40 solo photobooks published and has featured in around 80 exhibitions worldwide – including the international touring exhibition ParrWorld, and a retrospective at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, in 2002.

The Martin Parr Foundation, founded in 2014, opened premises in his hometown of Bristol in 2017. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery.


The Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation supports and preserves the legacy of photographers who made, and continue to make, important work focused on The British Isles.

Kevin is a firm supporter of the foundation.

In this instalment of ‘Sofa Sessions: Conversations with Martin Parr’, Martin is joined by fellow Magnum photographer Alec Soth.

In the interview we discuss

In the interview Kevin talks to Martin about

  • his early days.
  • book collecting and production.
  • image curation.
  • Magnum Foundation.
  • and Martin gives advice to aspiring photographers just starting out on their journey.

Bonus Film Martin Parr & David Alan Harvey

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has resulted in most Magnum photographers being restricted in their movements. As part of a broader photographer-led response, a new series, Quarantine Conversations, will see Magnum photographers in frank, and unedited dialogues about work, current affairs, and everything in-between. The pairings for these conversations will be made by lottery, and this third iteration sees David Alan Harvey asking three questions of Martin Parr. David and Martin talk about teaching, commercial work, not being in charge of our own history, photobooks and advice for young photographers.

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