Martin Parr: Life's a Beach available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Martin Parr: Life's a Beach

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'A series of often hilarious beach tableaux--from grotesque sunbathers to bizarre shade contraptions and socks and sandals--Parr delivers a gentle mockery of humankind and their concepts of leisure. A colour-saturated collection, it charts four decades of interactions between people and the seashore across the world; from Italy to India to Australia' -The Sydney Morning Herald

A beach-bag sized collection of Parr's beach culture photographs

Parr has been photographing beaches for many decades, documenting all aspects of them, including close-ups of sunbathers, rambunctious swimmers caught mid-plunge, and the eternal sandy picnic underway. His international career, in fact, could well be traced to the launch of The Last Resort, a 1986 book depicting the seaside resort of New Brighton, near Liverpool.

What may be less known is that this obsession has led Parr to photograph beaches around the world. This compilation, his first on the topic, presents photos of beachgoers on far-flung shores, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and of course, the U.K. The compilation brings to the forefront Parr's engagement with a cherished subject matter-that rare public space in which general absurdities and local quirks seamlessly fuse together.

This book shows Parr at his best, startling us with moments of captured absurdity and immersing us in rituals and traditions associated with beach life the world over.

  • Hardcover: 124 pages 
  • Date published: May 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1597112130
  • Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.9  cm