Martin Parr, the President of the world-famous Magnum photo agency, shares his take on Oxford

parr p35An exhibition of 118 colour photographs of the University will be displayed at the Weston Library in Broad Street (the former 'New Bodley' opposite the King's Arms) until 22 October, and would make a great excursion for anyone who might be at the forthcoming Alumni Weekend.

For everyone else there's a stunning, white hardback book produced by OUP. Simply titled Oxford, it displays all the photographs with an extensive afterword essay by Simon Winchester OBE, in which he writes with great humour about his first tutorial essay concerning Silurian trilobites - and very much more besides.

The photographer behind the images is Martin Parr, one of Britain's best-known contemporary photographers, and President of Magnum, the photographic agency. The result is a photo documentary of a year in the academic life of the University - in some ways recreating William Henry Fox Talbot's first photo-documentary of Oxford a century and a half ago.

Sophie Goldsworthy, Editorial Director for Academic and Trade Books at OUP, says, 'We were very excited to have the chance to work with Martin Parr on what has been a lively and unusual project for the Press, and were keen to see him turn his wry and affectionately satirical lens on Oxford. As a long-term admirer of Martin's work, this project is a personal favourite of mine and we jumped at the opportunity to publish his photo book. This is an exciting book for Oxford lovers and sceptics alike, and for the many fans of Martin's photographs worldwide.' 

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