Martin Parr to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography Title

Martin Parr to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography Title

Martin Parr to receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography title at 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The World Photography Organisation today announced British documentary photographer Martin Parr as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to Photography title. The photographer will collect his title at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards ceremony held in London on Thursday 20 April. 

Gourock Lido, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2004. From A8. - Top Photo: Szechenyi thermal baths, Budapest, Hungary, 1997. Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

Gourock Lido, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2004. From A8. - Top Photo: Szechenyi thermal baths, Budapest, Hungary, 1997.
Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

To coincide with the awards, a specially curated exhibition of rarely seen black and white images from Martin Parr’s early career will be presented at Somerset House, London alongside some of his most talked about work, books and films. As part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, Parr’s work will be on show for a limited run from April 21 - May 7, 2017. In addition, the photographer will give a public talk at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) on Friday 21 April. 

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography title include Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson and Elliott Erwitt. 

Sorrento, Italy. 2014.  Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

Sorrento, Italy. 2014. 
Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

About Martin Parr

Born in 1952 in Epsom, Surrey, Martin Parr was inspired to take up photography as a teenager by his grandfather. Black and white photography characterised his early work, and his move to the strong use of colour photography in the 1980’s, for which he has become synonymous, was prompted by photographers such as Stephan Shore, William Eggleston, Peter Fraser and Joel Meyerowitz. Forcing the viewer to look again at the familiar, Martin Parr has often faced accusations of mocking those he has photographed.

Glencar, County Sligo, Ireland.  Abandoned Morris Minors, from 'A Fair Day', 1980-1983. Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

Glencar, County Sligo, Ireland.  Abandoned Morris Minors, from 'A Fair Day', 1980-1983.
Copyright: © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

The exhibition will be held at Somerset House, London April 21-May 7, 2017 as part of Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Exhibition.

Exhibition Hours:
Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 10am to 8pm
Last entry one hour before closing
Price £7-£11.
More info: www.worldphoto.org/2017exhibition