18 May—31 October 2021

Bristol Photo Festival: Island Life – Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Island Life presents work from over 60 photographers in Martin Parr’s collection to provide a picture of life in post-war Britain and Ireland.

Widely known for his documentary photography, Martin Parr is also an avid collector, curator and promoter of photography.

Selected by Martin Parr and Bristol Museum, Island Life takes photographs from the major photography collection at the Martin Parr Foundation to show the changing fabric of our cities, society and identities.

The exhibition features photographs that document moments of historical significance including the poll tax riot, the Aberfan mine disaster and most recently, the Black Lives Matter movement.

These are displayed alongside images depicting the everyday – weddings, shopping, football and Butlin’s holidays. Collectively the images form a compelling study of national behaviour.

Photographers featured in Island Life include Khali Ackford, Pogus Caesar, Elaine Constantine, Sian Davey, Chris Killip, David Hurn, Ken Grant, Markéta Luskačová, Jill Quigley, Graham Smith, Tom Wood and more.

Hear from Parr himself on how came to develop such a wide-ranging collection:

This exhibition is part of Bristol Photo Festival. Image: Cookie in the Snow © Chris Killip

Additional information

Exhibition dates are provisional and subject to change.