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:

Fri 21 Jan
Wed 26th Jan
Thu 3rd Feb
Fri 11th Feb
Fri 18th Feb
Wed 23rd Feb


The Men Who Would Be King

Jon Tonks & Christopher Lord ruminate on the Westerners ‘who travel thousands of miles to Vanuatu claiming – or believing – they are the fulfilment of a prophecy.’

A Life Full of Holes

Yto Barrada’s 2005 publication – a poetic exploration of migration and diaspora.

Max Pinckers: A Book by Hans Theys

The Belgian art critic’s personal selection from the entire Pinckers back catalogue.

Rivers & Towns

Published by Stanley Barker, a collection of Mark Steinmetz’s images made in the 1980s in Connecticut.

The Flower Fields

Tessa Bunney’s study of commercial flower growers around Spalding in Lincolnshire.


Street photos taken in West London while Sunil Gupta was studying at the Royal College of Art.


The ‘ultimate reference work’ (MACK) on Bertien van Manen – edited by Hans Gremmen.

PYMCA: A matter of fact

A selection of images from the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive.