Martin Parr is an amiable man. Perhaps his composed – and somewhat abrupt – demeanour comes from the fact that he’s taken part in around 50 interviews over the past three weeks, or that he’s had over 50 years’ experience within his field. Yet one thing’s for sure, is that ever since he first picked up a camera at the age of 13, he has continued to make work that’s innately British.
With permanent collections in the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art, Martin is recognised globally for his poignant documentation of the western world. His most prominent project, Last Resort (1986), captured the attention of all, and having recently closed his Only Human show held at the National Portrait Gallery – a series of photographs depicting a divided nation in a time of Brexit – this has, even more so, firmly rooted the man as one of the most prestigious and influential British photographers of our time.
Although, a lengthy career means that some things can become harder to remember, especially when discussing the subject of childhood memories – “I don’t have many really,” he admits, quite bluntly. Whether or not Parr likes to bring up his former times, we caught up with the photographer to find out more about his journey, the challenges he faced as a “dyslexic starting to get demented,” and why he likes to talk about his own death, less so his past.
Full interview can be read here on It's Nice That.