Martin Parr‘s been incredibly productive and published a ton of books. I love his sense of humour and the way he captures the ordinary and the extreme, a sort of concentrated englishness. Looking for the point of vulnerability of society, as I think he puts it here:
“Martin Parr (born 23 May 1952 in Epsom, Surrey) is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at modern society, specifically consumerism, foreign travel and tourism, motoring, family and relationships, and food.
Parr wanted to become a photographer from the age of 14 and cites his grandfather, an amateur photographer, as an early influence. From 1970-1973 he studied photography at the Manchester Polytechnic. In 2008 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts at MMU (the former Polytechnic) in recognition for his ongoing contribution to photography and to MMU’s School of Art. He married Susan Mitchell in 1980 and is father of a daughter named Corinne Manion (born 1986).
Parr began work as a professional photographer and has subsequently taught photography intermittently from the mid-1970s. He was first recognised for his black and white photography in the north of England (Bad Weather (1982) and A Fair Day (1984) ) but switched to colour photography in 1984. The resulting work, Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, was published in 1986. Since 1994 Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos. Recent work has included a collaboration with designer Paul Smith in Ilford, capturing people wearing Smith’s Autumn/Winter 2007 collection.”