Senior Lecturer Matthew Murray’s photobook, Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape, included in the permanent collection at the Martin Parr Foundation.
17th February 2020
In 1997, during my Masters Degree, I visited Martin Parr at his home in Bristol. I wanted to interview him about his work but more importantly to me, Parr’s depiction of the working class. After the interview Martin Parr asked me if I’d like a book, he has a huge collection of first edition and rare photobooks’. I asked for a copy of Bill Owens, Suburbia? After a short pause Parr said,
‘No, I meant one of mine.’
‘Okay, I’ll take a copy of Bad Weather please.’
Twenty three years later the Martin Parr Foundation contacted my Gallery rep in Amsterdam, ElliottHalls Gallery, to purchase a copy of Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape, for the MPF permanent collection. The MPF collection of over 5000 photobooks has been personally selected by Martin Parr. Although primarily dedicated to works from the British Isles, the library also contains noteworthy projects by international photographers working in Britain, and some of the best photobooks from around the world.
Above, Martin Parr with a copy of Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape which has been gifted to the MPF permanent collection by ElliottHalls Gallery, Amsterdam.