Martin Parr: A Small Wedding Folio

The WPS The Road To Excellence Conference for photographers (due to be held in November 2016 in Brighton) is delighted to welcome Martin Parr to speak and share his wealth of knowledge with the delegates.

During such a long and varied career Parr inevitably encountered many weddings on his travels, and we are very happy to share with you some rarely seen wedding images from the great man himself.

A wedding. From 'Chew Stoke: A Year in the Life of an English Village'. 1992. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
A wedding. From ‘Chew Stoke: A Year in the Life of an English Village’. 1992. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Greatly respected for his unique, eccentric and very real interpretation of everyday life, Parr’s distinguished career reveals a unique time-line of his distinctive view of the world, how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.

GB. England. Wedding preparations. From 'The Cost of Living'. 1986-89. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
GB. England. Wedding preparations. From ‘The Cost of Living’. 1986-89. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Born in Epsom, Surrey in 1952, Parr was first introduced to photography by his grandfather, a keen amateur photographer. He then went on to study photography at Manchester Polytechnic in 1970. Parr became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1994 and has been awarded many prestigious international awards (including the 2008 Centenary Award from the Royal Photographic Society). Parr has published over 40 books on his photography, and has featured in around 80 exhibitions worldwide, most notably the international touring exhibition ParrWorld.

GB. Wales. Cardiff. Sikh wedding at City Hall. Guardian Cities Project. 2008.
GB. Wales. Cardiff. Sikh wedding at City Hall. Guardian Cities Project. 2008. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Parr has also tried his hand at filmmaking, producing his own TV documentaries with Mosaic Film in 1997. He also acted as cameraman on the film It’s Nice Up North, a comic documentary that was filmed in Shetland and released in 2006. Parr’s documentary storytelling in both film and photography is magically thought-provoking, capturing suburban moments through time with a satirical yet meaningful message.

INDIA. Delhi. A Hindu Wedding. 2009. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
INDIA. Delhi. A Hindu Wedding. 2009. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

All images have been used with permission from Martin Parr.

For more information on Martin Parr visit his website.

Tickets are on sale NOW for The Road To Excellence 2016. The EarlyBird rate of £450 is available until 19th June 2016. The Road To Excellence is a fantastic opportunity to hear from amazing speakers such as Martin Parr, Jacqueline Tobin (editor-in-chief at Rangefinder Magazine), WPS Photographer of the Year Cristiano Ostinelli and many more…

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