Martin Parr: The Non-Conformists
14 March – 7 June 2015
The documentary photographer's breakthrough work, focused on the inhabitants of Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley.
Fascinated by the non-conformist communities dotted around rural Yorkshire, Martin Parr shot a series of black-and-white photographs capturing their daily lives. Taken over a period of five years, the pictures document the decline of the traditional local customs, centred around the church and hill-farming.
Populated with coal miners, chapel-goers, gamekeepers and pigeon fanciers, it was this series that first brought Parr to prominence – he is now one of the country's most astute documentary photographers.