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Collecting: Martin Parr’s Sacred Mission

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Martin Parr suffers from acute “collectomania.”  Almost anything goes: souvenirs, postcards, gadgets of all kinds and, of course, photographs. But only one item drives Parr to travel the world to feed his passion for it: the photobook. With no less than 12,000 works collected over the past 35 years, his collection is among the largest—perhaps the largest—in the world, according to Simon Baker, a photo curator at the Tate Modern in London. 

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