Martin Parr has a self confessed 'gene of collecting.' Porcelain space dogs, a 12,000+ photobook collection, dictatorship paraphernalia or iconic images depicting 80's seaside resorts, Parr has always been a magpie. Collection became the starting point for the new identity for the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.

  • Client: Martin Parr Foundation
  • Date: 2017
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)

Whilst the foundation houses Martin Parr's expansive own 45 years of work, it also holds a growing collection of works by selected British and Irish photographers across a library, archive, gallery and shop. It was important the identity could be flexible and allow for a more stripped back presence. 

Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)

The Foundation is set within the cultural hub of Paintworks in Bristol, and needed a signage scheme that reflected the identity.

Layered and folded powder coated steel brings the collection into a 3D space.  

Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
Martin Parr Foundation (Studio Thomas)
  • Photography: Tom Groves, Louis Little, Chris Hoare
  • Signage & Wayfinding: Tony G
  • Display graphics: Papa Display