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.
Besides being a photographer, Parr is a keen collector of postcards, photographs and various other items and many of his collections have been used as the basis for publications. Since the 1970s, Parr has collected and publicised the garish postcards made between the 1950s and 1970s by John Hinde and his team of photographers. The images made by Hinde and his team are a key influence on Parr’s colour photography.
Martin Parr’s witty yet nostalgic photographs inspire my work in every way. I am amazed how he managed to approach the public to photograph, without anyone posing or ruining the shot.
John Hinde’s postcards, especially the ones of Butlins remind me of the Butlins I knew in the 90’s and holiday trips to the english seaside. They are very british holiday camp of the 60’s and 70’s and I enjoy the rich colours in them.