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Martin Parr: Life's a Beach Hardcover – May 31, 2013

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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 AustraliaThe Sydney Morning Herald


Parr has photographed beach culture for decades, and this beach- bagsize collection captures quirky national behaviors around the globe.The New York Times Book Review

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (May 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597112135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sussi bodin on September 17, 2013
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The funniest and most colorfull viewing into beachlife.
Makes me smile and want to look again and again. Happy book.
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Not the most generous size. But the combination of value and phenomenal content (not to mention the exquisite cover) make this easy to recommend.
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By Tanner Cook on March 31, 2014
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You know,I bought this for my good friend. It was his birthday. Who knew it would be just what he wanted??
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Different than what I thought it would be. Some of the photos are too "warts & all" for me. A slice of life at beaches around the world, but I guess I like the romanticized version better!
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Hated it.
Very poor presentation.
Very disappointed.
No more to say.
Not much of a positive beach experience.
Too bad
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