‘I was born in Zimbabwe, Africa – Gavin Worth wrote in his website – in 1981 and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I graduated with a degree in Acting, and after college, worked as an actor and musician for the Santa Fe Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the California Shakespeare Theater. I have had a lifelong passion for drawing, painting, and sculpture since I first saw Michelangelo’s “Head of Leda” in a book in the library. I am self taught.
I’ve been very lucky to have a wide variety of experiences. I was commissioned by Lexus to make a series of sculptures celebrating their emergence into Brazil. I designed and created custom pieces for Tiffany & Co for their Valentine’s Day window displays globally. My work in sculpture and education led me to be a finalist for the 2014 TED Fellowship. Ralph Lauren asked me to brainstorm modern, engaging, and minimal sculptural jewelry displays for their stores. I have created and installed large-scale public sculptures all over the world. My work has been shown and collected internationally.
I recently lived in Cairo, Egypt for three years and saw three Presidents come and go. I currently live and work in Lausanne, Switzerland.’
Before Martin Parr retired from leading his popular workshops, he held a final session last summer at the Magnum Print Room in London. Over one weekend, Martin worked with fifteen participants, critiquing and developing their respective bodies of work, their creative practices and their artistic identities. But it was more than just your average educational workshop, as Martin opened up his studio to the group, explaining exactly how he works and revealing many of his trial-tested tricks of the trade.
Lucky for Martin Parr fans, or really anyone looking to learn from one of the world’s premiere photographers, the entire experience was taped and is being made available exclusively on Vimeo. The weekend workshop, cut down to just under two hours, is pure Martin Parr — a uniquely edifying experience from the visual master of the ridiculous, the mundane and the ridiculously mundane.
Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities. Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, and a network of fifteen sub-agents, Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries and museums across the world.
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