“With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist”
Martin Parr


World-renowned photographer Martin Parr has spent his career chronicling the world he sees. His work is often exaggerated, garish and sometimes grotesque. He turns his lens toward our peculiar lives at home and abroad, documenting leisure, consumption and communication. As photographer, filmmaker and collector, Parr has defined a generation.

Parr has published over 100 photo books, 20 magazines and edited a further 39. His highlight publication ‘Last Resort’ documented the resilient spirit of 80’s Northern England. For over 25 years, Martin Parr has been taking photographs in Scotland. From the streets of Glasgow to an island agricultural show in Orkney, Parr has built a huge archive of photographs. This body of work ‘Think of Scotland’ – Parr’s largest previously unpublished archive – weaves together some of the expected visual iconography of Scotland, such as highland games and stunning landscapes, but all with a Parr twist that makes the expected look so unfamiliar.

Recently he set up the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery.

A must-see. To reserve a place, click the button below, it’s £10 on the door for BIPP Members.




Travel to Edinburgh College:

Tram: Bankhead Station

Car: Parking can be found at Powerleague (five aside football), 66 Bankhead Drive, Edinburgh EH11 4EQ for £2 a day. Edinburgh College car park is unfortunately permit only. Alternatively, there is free on-street parking around Sighthill.

Bus: Sighthill Campus has good public transport links, including trains, trams and buses into the centre of town.

  • From city centre: use trams, or 2, 12, 22, 35 and 300
  • From Airport: use trams or 100, 200, 300 and 400
  • From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: use trams or 2, 12, 22 and 35
  • From Wester Hailes: 20 and 21
  • From North Edinburgh: 21
  • From South Queensferry/Kirkliston: 63


Tickets £10 on the door.