There’s no doubting the credentials of Britain’s Oxford University. Dating back to 1096, it is one of the oldest universities in the world, with a long list of notable alumni, including 72 Nobel Prize laureates and 160 Olympic medallists. It has also churned out 28 British prime ministers, making it something of a training camp for leadership. Bill Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi have spent time wandering its halls. As for famous Oxonians in the arts world, there are too many to name. But start with: J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Iris Murdoch, Vikram Seth, T.S. Eliot, V.S. Naipaul, Ken Loach, Michael Palin … But what goes on behind the scenes at Oxford – still struggling to shed its reputation as an elites-only stomping ground – is a mystery. Enter British documentary maker and photojournalist Martin Parr. From 2014 to 2016, Parr turned his lens on the day-to-day life of the university, its work, play and rituals, some of which are hundreds of years old and archaic. And Hongkongers can see 59 shots from this body of work, titled “Martin Parr: Oxford”, at an exhibition in Wan Chai’s f22 foto space. “I like the image of Queerfest at Wadham College – it’s not the sort of scene you would expect for an Oxford ball,” Parr writes in an email to Post Magazine , referring to a picture taken at Oxford’s largest student celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual culture. Known for his witty and wry portrayals of British culture, class and conventions, Parr was granted unprecedented access thanks to a commission by the Bodleian Libraries – the university’s main research library – and Oxford University Press. Parr, who was president of Magnum Photos agency from 2013 to 2017, captures students in full academic dress and their antics at sporting events, such as the Boat Race, an annual rowing contest between teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities, and Summer Eights, Oxford University’s four-day regatta held each May, where Parr snaps a post-race tradition of the winning side throwing their cox into the River Thames. Does Parr think there is still a place for this sort of pomp and ceremony? “Yes,” he writes, “it is part of Britain’s DNA.” “Martin Parr: Oxford” is showing at f22 foto space, 5/F, Amber Commercial Building, 70 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, until February 15.