Martin Parr

Photographer invited to the planks contact festival 2020

Martin Parr
Martin Parr

Guest at the 2020 Contact Plates Festival

Martin Parr is one of the most famous documentary photographers of his generation. With more than 100 books and around thirty others published by him, his photographic heritage is already established.
Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He was curator of two photographic festivals, Arles in 2004 and the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2010. More recently, he was curator of the exhibition Strange and Familiar at the Barbican Center in London.
Martin Parr has been a member of Magnum since 1994 and was its President from 2013 to 2017. In 2013 Parr was appointed Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland).
The works of Martin Parr are among the collections of the largest museums, such as the Tate, the Center Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2017, Martin Parr created the Martin Parr Foundation.
In 2019, the National Portrait Gallery in London hosted a major exhibition of his work entitled "Only Human".


In 2020, a year marked by Brexit, Planches Contact wanted to give a nod to England with iconic photographs by Martin Parr and by dedicating an exhibition to him for the first time in Deauville. The choice fell on the series "The last resort", a work carried out from 1982 to 1985, on the holidays of families with modest incomes in New Brighton, seaside resort in decline. With irony, sarcasm, sometimes tenderness, he tells with this series, the transformation of lifestyles and the development of the consumer society. This series, published and presented at the Rencontres d'Arles in 1986, is now "cult". 


Exhibition from October 17 to January 3, 2020 - On the beach - In front of Place Claude Lelouch


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