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Martin Parr is arguably the most influential and innovative figure in British social documentary photography. This exhibition brought together 150 works and several installations.

Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire, from 'The Cost of Living', 1986-9, Martin Parr
Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire, from 'The Cost of Living', 1986-9, Martin Parr

This major retrospective explored Martin Parr's photographic career. Through pictures that are humorous, provocative and incisive, Parr has established an utterly distinctive vision. His work is challenging as well as humorous, uniting political awareness with a predilection for the domestic and mundane.

The exhibition combined Parr's startling colour series of the 1980s, including The Last Resort and The Cost of Living, with more recent projects including Common Sense (1999) and Cherry Blossom (2000). Also featured was a significant selection of Parr's lesser-known black and white work from the 1970s, much of it made in West Yorkshire and North West England.