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Martin Parr, one of Britain's best-known contemporary photographers, and President of Magnum, the world-famous photographic agency has undertaken a photo-documentary book project. Oxford is a collection of around 100 photographs documenting an academic year in the life of the university. They captures the day-to-day life of the colleges and University at work and play, and the colourful and arcane rituals that make it so distinctive. His photographs are accompanied by an extended essay that draws on, and enriches, the photographic material and penned by Simon Winchester, OBE, the British writer, journalist and broadcaster. The very first photo-documentary of Oxford was created by William Henry Fox Talbot. A century and a half later, Martin Parr's new project pays tribute to the great the pioneer of photography, and coincides with the Bodleian Library's bid to secure his personal archive.
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Martin Parr is one of Britain's best-known contemporary photographers, with a broad international following, and President of Magnum, the world-famous photo agency. He has published widely and exhibited internationally, including a retrospective of his work in 2002, run by the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum, and a major exhibition currently curated by him at the Science Museum: 'Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr'. His publications include influential photo-books such as The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton (1996), Small World (1995), and Think of England (2005). Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist, and broadcaster. As a journalist he covered major events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. He is the author of Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories (2010), The Professor and the Madman (1999), The Map that Changed the World (2001), and A Crack in the Edge of the World (2005), all of which have been New York Times bestsellers.


Parr is often accused of mocking his subject matter, but while containing the occasional quirk, this is a largely straight documentation of a subject that already happily embraces moments of absurdity with great seriousness. * Eliza Williams, Creative Review * Martin Parr's star has never been higher. * Geoff Harris, Amateur Photographer *

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