Island Life: Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Paul Seawright

Born 1965, Belfast

Seawright studied in Belfast and West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham. At the latter he was taught by Martin Parr and Paul Graham. He took his PhD at the University of Wales and taught at Newport before returning to Belfast where he is professor of photography at the University of Ulster. He is known for his treatment of conflict zones, from his Sectarian Murder series in Belfast to the commissions made in Afghanistan for the Imperial War Museum. Between (2003) was his photo essay on Merthyr Tydfil with reference to the 19th century travel writer George Borrow’s account of the ‘diabolical red glow’ of the coal mines that were the source of the town’s wealth in the 19th century.