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A photographer at work: Martin Parr behind the scenes

Martin Parr is one of Britain’s best-known contemporary photographers, with a broad international following, and is the President of Magnum, the world-famous photo agency. His social documentary style of photography turns a wry and sometimes satirical lens on British life and social rituals, lightened by humour and affection. Between 2013 and 2016, Parr turned his lens to the University of Oxford, capturing the day-to-day life of students and staff at work and play throughout the academic year.
Nasir Hamid followed Parr around Oxford over the course of the project and photographed him at work. The slideshow below shows some of those behind-the-scenes moments.

About his experience Nasir said:

“Oxford is my home town and I am passionate about photography and documenting life in this wonderful place — whether that’s town or gown or anything in between. When I first heard that Martin Parr had been commissioned to work on a photography book about Oxford I wondered if I would bump into him on the streets as I went on my usual lunch break photo walks. Would he be living in Oxford to immerse himself in the project, documenting daily life? I later realised that the project would be less town, more gown and would be carefully managed with only specific events and places photographed but our paths did cross more than a few times and it was on those occasions that I decided to document a photographer at work.

Featured image credit: 54 St Aldates by London Road. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr.

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