Martin Parr: Life's a Beach

Martin Parr: Life's a Beach

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Following on the heels of "Martin Parrs" limited-edition, album-style presentation of "Lifes 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 beach goers 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 Parrs 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.

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  • Hardback | 124 pages
  • 158 x 214 x 14mm | 419.99g
  • aperture
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 1597112135
  • 9781597112130
  • 69,462

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Martin Parr has spent a lifetime photographing and documenting all aspects of life at the beach - the rituals, the traditions - and has even confessed to being addicted to the beach itself. Formatted like a mini-travel album, this edition covers decades of work from all over the world, yet feels like it could have been part of one trip. 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.--Bettina Korek"Surface Magazine" (07/01/2013)

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