Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. Parr studied Photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad.
After joining Magnum in 1994 he developed an interest in filmmaking and has started to use his photography within different conventions, such as fashion and advertising. Parr has published over 80 books of his own work and edited another 30.
The Martin Parr Foundation, founded in 2014, opened premises in his home town of Bristol in 2017. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery. Parr is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, World Photography Organisation; Lucie Award, Achievement in Documentary Photography, Lucie Foundation; Centenary Medal, Royal Photographic Society.