Arguably one of the most influential contemporary photographers, Martin Parr has turned his unique vision to a variety of subject from all across the globe. After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic, Parr exhibited his first series of colour photographs at Impressions Gallery entitled Home Sweet Home, and went on to become one of the true pioneers of colour photography in Britain. In 1986, Parr published Last Resort, a series of working class members of the public on holiday in New Brighton. The most influential of Parr's publications and exhibitions, the series launched Parr's career internationally and heralded in a new era of social documentary photography in Britain. In 1994, Parr became a member of Magnum Photographic Corporation and in 2002, the Barbican in conjunction with the The National Media Museum, initiated a retrospective of Parr's career which toured for 8 years. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Parr's early black-and-white vintage photographs. Largely funded through the Arts Council, Parr created a number of series and publications exploring English identity. Influenced by the great British documentary photographer Tony Ray-Jones, Parr published and exhibited a number of projects including Bad Weather, Beauty Spots and A Fair Day. In 2013, the much anticipated Media Space opened with an exhibition devoted to a retrospective of Ray-Jone's photographs and an exhibition of early black-and-white images from Martin Parr's Non-Conformist series. Today, Parr has become a monolith in the contemporary photography world. He has published over 70 books and has edited 30 others, curated a number of exhibitions and his photographs are collected by MoMA, Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Museum Folkwang, Essen among others.