More than 100 photography, art and media students at Dudley College had a rare treat when documentary and art photographer Martin Parr, UK head of the Magnum Photo Agency, talked about his experiences and work over the past 30 years.

He described how photaography had changed since the 1970s and how his career had been driven by passion.

“By being obsessive, you strive to be better than anyone else; you look for more interesting subjects and take more pictures. You might need to take a lot of bad pictures to get a really good one,” he told students.

Ben Gamble, Dudley College manager for art, design and media, said: “It was a privilege to have Martin share his work and experiences with our students.

“This is one of the many ways we give our learners a competitive edge and exposure to the realities of working in a creative industry.”

Featured image caption: Dudley College photography students with Martin Parr. From left: Ruth Gadd, Gina Ho, Charlotte Coddling, all 18, Laura Kennet and Lizzie Dunn, both 17

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