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Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography

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Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography


4th Aug 2022 to 24th Sep 2022

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present 'Parr's Ireland: 40 Years of Photography', a retrospective of work by esteemed British documentary photographer, Martin Parr.

One of the pre-eminent photographers of his generation, Parr has been taking photographs in Ireland since the 1980s, when he spent two years living in Co. Roscommon. Returning at regular intervals for the next three decades, his work in Ireland forms a visual testimony of the changing cultural and social norms of Irish life, the influx of newfound wealth and, in particular, the Americanisation of Irish society from the 1980s onwards.

Brought together in 'Parr's Ireland: 40 Years of Photography' as a complete collection for the first time, Parr's Irish body of work has been on tour since 2021. The work explores a variety of themes and events of historical and social significance in Ireland including the Pope’s visit to Ireland, the traditional Irish horse and cattle fairs, rural ballrooms, the infamous abandoned Morris Minors of the West of Ireland, seaside holidays and the changing face of economic Ireland.

What is more, Belfast Exposed is privileged to be presenting a curated special edition of the collection, that includes the commission of work focusing specifically on Northern Ireland, and will be on display in Gallery I from Thursday 4th August to Saturday 24th September.

Deirdre Robb, CEO of Belfast Exposed said:

'We are absolutely delighted to be showing this unique and thought provoking retrospective from Martin Parr, a photographer of real cultural and historical significance. For four decades, Parr's work in Ireland has documented society in transition and his unique perspective on the everyday provides an evocative experience for viewers. It is, of course, particularly exciting to be presenting a specially curated edition of the 'Parr's Ireland', with commissioned work featuring Northern Ireland and to bring an exhibition of international significance to Belfast'.

Although affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition's tour began in Spring 2021 in Limerick City Art Gallery, moving in June to Dublin’s Gallery of Photography before travelling to Roscommon Arts Centre in September. Since early 2022 it has been showing in The McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, before coming to Belfast Exposed from Thursday 4th August. Previous restrictions on gallery openings and visitor numbers mean that Belfast Exposed will be the first and only venue on the island of Ireland to exhibit the collections in a space fully open to the public, with no limit on visitor numbers or timing.

Following the collection's time in Belfast, it then completes the tour in November at Paris Photo 2022, exhibiting in the Centre Culturel Irlandais as part of the Centre’s 20th anniversary celebrations alongside work by photography alumni of Belfast School of Art at Ulster University, where Parr is a visiting Professor. The tour is accompanied by a limited-edition book of the exhibition and an essay by acclaimed Irish writer Fintan O’Toole. The book From The Pope To A Flat White is published by Damiani.

The Artists

Martin Parr

Artist Biography

Martin Parr (born 1952) is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. Parr is known for work that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting social class, in both the UK and abroad.

Active since the early 1970s, Parr is one of the most prolific and thought provoking photographers of his generation. His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Tate.

In 2014, The Martine Parr Foundation was established to support 'emerging, established and overlooked photographers' working in Britain and Ireland.


'Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography' Exhibition Opening Night

4th August 2022 | 18:00 | Belfast Exposed - Gallery I


This exhibition tour has been produced by Tracy Marshall-Grant for Martin Parr Studios, Martin Parr Foundation and the venue partners: Limerick City Art Gallery, Gallery of Photography Dublin, Roscommon Arts Centre, The McMullen Museum of Art, Boston, Belfast Exposed Gallery and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.