The Martin Parr Foundation
Martin Parr Foundation, a new centre for British photography and the works of Martin Parr, will open in Bristol on 25th of October, 2017.
Martin Parr Foundation was established in 2014 and will open to the public in an architect-designed space in the Paintworks complex, Bristol, comprising of a studio, gallery, library and archive centre. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles. It will do so by preserving the archive and legacy of Martin Parr, and by holding a growing collection of works by selected British and Irish photographers as well as images taken in the British Isles by international photographers.
Martin Parr is one of the most significant documentary photographers of post-war Britain. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his contribution to photographic culture both within the UK and abroad. And we are so proud to have featured several times Martin Parr’s works on our kid’s wear Magazine. Alongside his reputation as a photographer, Parr is known as an important collector, especially of photobooks. Over the past 40 years, Parr’s dedication to discovering and promoting the overlooked, and his support of both photographers and photography has contributed to the way the history of the medium is understood and defined. His collection of around 12,000 photobooks has been both gifted to and acquired by Tate.
The Foundation gallery will feature the first exhibition from 25 October 2017 until 20 January 2018, ‘Black Country Stories’ by Martin Parr, followed by ‘Town to Town’ by Niall McDiarmid and the David Hurn ’Swaps’ show in Spring 2018.
Martin Parr’s archive held by the Foundation will consist of works spanning Parr’s career from his student days to the present, including ephemera, correspondence, books and published editorial work.
Martin Parr Foundation
open from 25th of October, 2017
316 Paintworks, Arnos Vale
Opening picture: Atlanta, Martin Parr
Picture 1: A St George’s Day Parade, from Black Country Stories by Martin Parr
Picture 2: Harbhajan Singh, from The Black Country by Martin Parr
Picture 3: New Brighton, from The Last Resort by Martin Parr
Picture 4: Norman Soper who won Best Pot Leek, from Black Country Stories by Martin Parr
Picture 5: St George’s Day Tipton, from Black Country Stories by Martin Parr
Picture 6: Teddy Gray’s confectionary manufacturer Dudley, from The Black Country by Martin Parr
Picture 7: Portrait of Martin Parr
Picture 8: The Martin Parr Foundation