I'm very pleased that the Martin Parr Foundation has found a new home right on my doorstep. Based at the Paintworks in South Bristol the foundation will showcase work from British and Irish photographers. Here's Parr's manifesto for the foundation:
‘Post-war British documentary photography continues to be
underappreciated and I wanted to make a small contribution to rectify
this. The Martin Parr Foundation will support and preserve the legacy of
photographers who made, and continue to make, important work focused on
the British Isles.’
It's currently showing Black Country Stories, a Parr commission that focuses on the borough of Sandwell in Birmingham, looking at the way the area has been revitalized by the many immigrant groups that have moved to the area alongside shots of people who still make a living from traditional
Black Country industry.