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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 Australia – The Sydney Morning Herald
Parr has photographed beach culture for decades, and this beach- bagsize collection captures – The New York Times Book Review
quirky national behaviors around the globe.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Makes me smile and want to look again and again. Happy book.
Very poor presentation.
No more to say.
Not much of a positive beach experience.