In the run up to Farm Week 16, we will be asking all of our mentors these Ten Questions, to get to know them a little, to discover some new facts about them and because we just want to know more about what makes them tick. 


First up for Ten Questions is Martin Parr  ~ British documentary photographer, photojournalist, photobook collector and photography legend. He is best known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical look at modern life. He has published over 80 books and has been a Magnum photographer since 1994.

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Can you remember the first camera that you ever owned and if so tell us about it?

 A Kodak Retinette, given to me by my amateur photographer Grandfather.

 

I sometimes think about how amazing the Instagram accounts would have been of people who are not around anymore, like Andy Warhol… His feed would have been incredible. Who do you think would have had a great Instagram?

Robert Capa, all those women and the gambling.

 

What’s the one piece of advice that you have been given that proved to have had the most influence on you?

Keep going, don't stop.

 

What function do you wish your camera could have that it doesn’t already?

Make a good cup of tea, very difficult to find in most places in the world.

 

If you were not a photographer what job would you be doing?

A book dealer.

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far?

Doing all those books.

 

Name one book that you think we should go out and buy.

Photobook, a History, Volumes 1-3. It says it all.
The Photobook: A History Volume I: v. 1
The Photobook: A History Volume II: v.2
The Photobook: A History Volume III: 3

 

What’s the strangest thing you have ever been asked to photograph and did you do it?

A Selfie as a fashion icon. Reluctantly yes and because they paid!

 

If you could go back and say one thing to yourself aged 20, what would it be?

Hang on in there, you'll be paid to do your hobby.

 

What question do you wish we’d asked you?

Who are these people that come on the Farm?


You have the unique opportunity to join Martin for a day at Photography Farm on the 11th of February 2016. There are just a few places left in what will be an exploration of his work to date and his technique. There will be plenty of discussion and opportunity to ask him questions in an intimate space and you would be very welcome.