Stel­lar Con­trib­u­tor

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.

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