Martin Parr: Museum of the Year finalists in pictures

  • 30 June 2015

The renowned photographer captures the essence of the Museum of the Year finalists.

Martin Parr said of his photography; ‘the fundamental thing I'm exploring constantly is the difference between the mythology of the place and the reality of it.’ It is a fitting mantra for someone who had set off to visit Museum of the Year finalists earlier this year. Known for his oblique approach to documenting society, Parr captured not only the finalists’ displays, but also their culture and how we, as visitors, interact with what’s on offer.


“The fundamental thing I'm exploring constantly is the difference between the mythology of the place and the reality of it.”

  • Martin Parr
  • Photographer

‘I make the pictures acceptable in order to find the audience but deep down there is actually a lot going on that's not sharply written in your face’, Parr has said of his practice. ‘If you want to read it you can read it.’

This year, Parr selected the shortlist for the Museum of the Year photography competition from which the final winner was chosen by the public. 

The winner of the Museum of the Year 2015 will be announced on 1 July.

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