Author: Martin Parr
Number Of Pages: 124
Release Date: 20-05-2013
Details: Product Description Following on the heels of Martin Parr’s limited-edition, album-style presentation of Life’s a Beach, released last season, Aperture is delighted to introduce a new beach-bag-sized edition. 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. Review Parr's images captures the constantly changing theater of sandy seasides, from surfers and sunbathers to picnickers and newspaper readers. Tropical prints frame images shot in Parr's journalistic style, creating a nostalgic aesthetic that recalls a timeworn photo album. - Surface Magazine 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 Parr has photographed beach culture for decades, and this beach-bag size collection captures quirky national behaviors around the globe. - The New York Times Book Review From the Back Cover Perfectly sized for your beach bag, here is Martin Parr at his best--startling us with moments of absurdity and immersing us in the rituals and traditions associated with beach life. Parr has photographed the beach for more than three decades, bringing us close-ups of sunbathers, rambunctious swimmers caught mid-plunge, and the eternal sandy picnic. This compilation brings us the best images from his exploration of beach culture, and includes photos of beachgoers in Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and, of course, the UK. The book features a text by Parr and a design inspired by a selection of tropical-theme fabrics. About the Author Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He has published over seventy photobooks of his photographs, including The Non-Conformists (Aperture, 2013), Black Country Stories (2014), and We Love Britain (2014). His work is also in the collections of museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Tate Modern, London. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.
Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches