Our collection of over 5000 photobooks has been carefully curated by Martin Parr. While the library is primarily dedicated to works from Britain and Ireland, it also contains some of the best photobooks from around the world. Our tailor-made electronic catalogue of the collection makes searching the stacks simple.

The library is open one day a week, with priority booking available to members of the Foundation. Contact us at to book either an early (10-1pm) or late (2-5pm) session from the following dates:

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Whatever You Say, Say Nothing

Starting in 1972, a decade of photographs arranged over nearly 2000 pages, documenting both conflict and craic in Northern Ireland.

Steidl Catalogue & Magazine

A lush accompaniment to Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, publishers Steidl don’t do anything by half.

Original book dummy

The MPF collection holds this key 2013 dummy of Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (originally named Power in the Blood) that marks the book’s shift to its final form.

Annals of the North

This almanac to WYSSN combines essays, stories, documents and testimonies – with text by Chris Klatell.


Joseph-Phillippe Bevillard’s decade-long documentation of the lives of Irish Travellers.

The Roadmaker

A new retrospective of James Barnor’s career, coinciding with major exhibitions in Bristol and London.

Visible Girls: Revisited

Anita Corbin’s celebration of women and subcultures in the eighties (now revisited 36 years later).

Ida Kar (Whitechapel Gallery)

The catalogue accompanying the first solo photography exhibition in a major London gallery (1960).