Leading photographer launches WCG lecture series


Renowned British photographer Martin Parr will be delivering the WCG inaugural lecture at Royal Leamington Spa College on Monday 13 March.

This lecture, entitled ‘Photobiography’, is the first of a WCG lecture series to enhance WCG’s higher education provision, presenting the opportunity for scholarly activity and to promote engagement with the community.

As one of Britain’s most important and best loved photographers, Martin is also a respected academic and professor of photography. Many television viewers will also know his work through the new series of BBC One ‘Idents’ which launched at the beginning of the year. Martin was commissioned by the BBC to ‘capture an evolving portrait of modern Britain in all its diversity’ through the idents, which so far include open water swimmers, a wheelchair rugby team and a zumba class.

Martin’s projects take an intimate and satirical view of everyday life, documenting the mundane to create a social commentary that is fascinating and unique. He has published over 90 books of his own work and edited another 37 and has featured in around 85 exhibitions worldwide – including the recent curated exhibition, Strange and Familiar, at the Barbican in London. Last year he received a prestigious Royal Academy Award presented for his contribution to the Arts, after being nominated by Grayson Perry.

The lecture will be held in the School of Art at Royal Leamington Spa College. A drinks reception will be held from 5pm with the lecture starting at 5.30pm. Tickets are just £5 and can be bought online at http://shop.warwickshire.ac.uk.

WCG offers a range of higher education courses. For more information go to www.wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049.

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