Black Country Stories - Signed by Martin Parr – Magnum Photos

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Over the last four years Martin Parr has been working on a commission for Multistory photographing the Black Country. It was an area he knew little of, other than its reputation as a densely populated, post-industrial area; one in decline. Many of the industries that once made the Black Country great have declined, but numerous small factories and manufacturing businesses remain in good health. A degree of regeneration has also come as a result of the many immigrant communities that have made the Black Country their home. The region is now populated with many different communities.

Parr has explored workplaces, temples, churches, shops, clubs, societies, markets, temples, factories, social clubs, tea dances, and dog training classes, among others. The images capture and celebrate the unique mix of communities living in the area as well as existing, traditional Black Country life. For Parr, it was a welcome return to the notion of being a community photographer—connecting to the community, giving back prints to the subjects and ensuring that the photographs are shown locally before being launched on an International stage.

Signed and dated by Martin Parr.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 140
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Size: 12.5 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-907893-63-6

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by Martin Parr. This book focuses on Parr's images on the West Midlands in England, nicknamed Black Country. It is a document of a post-industrial society decline, and the immigrant communities that have made it their home.


Over the last four years Martin Parr has been working on a commission for Multistory photographing the Black Country. It was an area he knew little of, other than its reputation as a densely populated, post-industrial area; one in decline. Many of the industries that once made the Black Country great have declined, but numerous small factories and manufacturing businesses remain in good health. A degree of regeneration has also come as a result of the many immigrant communities that have made the Black Country their home. The region is now populated with many different communities.

Parr has explored workplaces, temples, churches, shops, clubs, societies, markets, temples, factories, social clubs, tea dances, and dog training classes, among others. The images capture and celebrate the unique mix of communities living in the area as well as existing, traditional Black Country life. For Parr, it was a welcome return to the notion of being a community photographer—connecting to the community, giving back prints to the subjects and ensuring that the photographs are shown locally before being launched on an International stage.

Signed and dated by Martin Parr.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 140
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Size: 12.5 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-907893-63-6

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.