Photographer Martin Parr has sent the Queen a signed copy of his new book Only Human.

The book comes off the back of Parr’s major exhibition of the same name, a show that brought together a series of iconic photograph’s taken by Parr throughout his career. The exhibition included “portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness,” and he book does the very same and, as you’d expect, it is explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today.

Only Human also features unpublished work and never-before-seen portraits of renowned personalities such as Alain de Botton, Anna Wintour, Paul Smith, Zadie Smith, and Vivienne Westwood.

On page inside the book features Queen Elizabeth II, photographed by Parr in 2014 while she was visiting the Livery Hall of the Drapers’ Livery Company for their 650th anniversary.

Parr, whose work has predominantly focused on aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, has decided to go to the top of this social class and signed a copy for the Queen.

The inscription at the front of the book reads: “I have the honour to remain your majesty’s most humble and obedient servant.”

The publisher shared an image of the book via their social media channels:


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