Shooting with Martin Parr

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As you may have seen, the Museum was recently shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year – very exciting news for us. To add to the honour we hosted renowned Magnum Photos photographer Martin Parr, who spent a good few hours photographing the Museum, in the court and behind the scenes, as part of the Museum of the Year campaign.

The photograph above was captured by Martin during one of our primary school sessions on dinosaurs: the children have their mitts on a fossilised dinosaur egg – just one of the real specimens used during the session.

Martin Parr photographing some Darwin specimens in our collections

Martin Parr photographing some Darwin specimens in our collections

Having a Magnum photographer visit the Museum for a photoshoot isn’t something that happens every day, so it was a real privilege to take Martin Parr around the building and watch the types of things that caught his eye.

I am a keen photographer myself, with an interest in the history of photography as a technical process and as an art form, so it was especially exciting to not only meet Martin and watch him work, but also to photograph the process myself too. You can see a few of those shots here.

Martin Parr scrutinising our vertebrate spirit collections

Martin Parr scrutinising our vertebrate spirit collections

Photo competition

Now it’s your chance. We’re inviting you to take photographs of the Museum and submit them to the Museum of the Year Photo Competition, with a chance to win a photography holiday in Berlin, photo gear and other prizes. Martin Parr will shortlist six photos, one for each of the six finalist museums, and the ultimate winner will be selected by a public vote.

So get snapping – with a posh camera or your phone; it doesn’t matter. Then either upload your pictures via the Art Fund website, or tweet or Instagram them using the #motyphoto hashtag and don’t forget to tag us in @morethanadodo.

Good luck!

Martin Parr photographing a primary school group for Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year

Martin Parr photographing a primary school group for Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year

Martin Parr, an Iguanodon and young visitors

Martin Parr, an Iguanodon and young visitors

Scott Billings – Public engagement officer

 

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