Martin Parr RPS talk goes down a storm

Dozens of members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) flocked to King?s College London last night to hear Centenary Medallist and Magnum photographer Martin Parr speak about his photographic experiences. The talk was organised by the Visual Journalism Group ? one of fourteen Special Interest groups within the RPS.

Parr who is an Honorary member of the RPS studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic in the early 1970s. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of the arts by the university.

Originally working in black and white, Parr switched to colour photography in 1984. An avid collector of postcards, photo books, and other paraphernalia, he has become known for his wry look at human behaviour and satirical view of contemporary society.

With over 60 books to his name Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1994. He is also a documentary filmmaker and curator ? in 2010 he curated the fourth Brighton Photo Biennial. To see more of his images visit

The Visual Journalism Group welcomes RPS photographers of all abilities and levels of experience. Its members have an interest in reportage and street photography. RPS members joining the VJ Group receive free membership until the renewal date for their RPS subscription. Membership for the VJ Group is then £15 per year. To find out more about how to join send an email to For more information about the Royal Photographic Society visit

Photo by Gemma Padley