Martin Parr was born in Epson, Surrey, England, in 1952. He currently lives in Bristol, where he is relocating his studio from London. Parr’s early work includes The Last Resort, an astounding view of the then-decaying beach town of Brighton. Lurid cheerful color was in stark contrast to the blowing trash and decrepit beaches. Subsequent projects included “The Cost of Living,” “Small World,” “Luxury,” “Common Sense.” He has produced over ninety photobooks throughout his career. His work is included in almost all public collections throughout the world. In 2014, Parr became president of the Magnum Photo cooperative, of which he became a member in 1988.
Parr has received numerous awards, including the Royal Photographic Society Cenetary Medal; honorary Doctor of Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University; Lucie Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Arts Medal from the Queen of England.