Legendary British documentary photographer contributes to photography
The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. The organisation works with 180 countries and aim to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. Building relationships are a key aspect to the ground as they link up individuals with industry-leading partners around the world too. The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the few notable portfolios in the year and is free for all to enter. This year, the world largest competition will celebrate its 10th anniversary and wining photographers will fly in to London to receive their prizes at the annual awards ceremony.
Legendary British documentary photographer Martin Parr is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award, and he will collect his title at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards ceremony held in London on 20 April, Thursday. Concurrently, a special exhibition will be set up to present a unique selection
of images, books and film from Parr’s career. He will also be giving a rare talk discussing his groundbreaking career, spanning more than 40 years.
Martin Parr is renowned for work that focuses on leisure, consumption and communication. With his unique and ambiguous vision of the world, his images have led audiences worldwide to find drama in every day activities. By recording it in minute detail, Parr reflected national characteristics and international phenomena in a frank and authentic way, pioneering a new tone in documentary photography. It is his dedication to the medium and pushing of boundaries that made it easy for World Photography Organisation to pick him as an awardee, despite his recent assertion that “If I knew how to take a great photo, I would stop.”
Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography title include Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson and Elliott Erwitt.
Martin Parr was born in 1953 in Epsom, Surrey, and was inspired to pick up photography as a teenager from his grandfather. Black and white photography characterised his early work, and other renowned photographers such as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Peter Fraser and Joel Meyerowitz were prompted by his move to the strong use of colour photography in the eighties.