Martin Parr
Life’s a Beach

In Life’s a Beach, one of Britain’s most beloved photographers takes us on a color-saturated journey through a place loved by all, the seaside, with its general absurdities and local quirks. Martin Parr has been photographing this subject for many decades, documenting all aspects of the tradition, 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 across the world. This exhibition presents photos of beachgoers on far-flung shores, including in Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and of course, the U.K.

Martin Parr (born in Epsom, England, 1952) is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. Author of over thirty photography books, including Common Sense, Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight, and Boring Postcards, his photographs have been collected by museums worldwide, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern, London. A retrospective of his work continues to tour major museums around the world since opening at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, in 2002, and he was featured in Cruel and Tender, the Tate Modern’s major survey of photography in 2003. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.

Aperture has North American touring rights. Please contact Magnum Paris for all other regions.

World Photography Organisation, 2014
The Huffington Post, 2013
Slate, 2013
Financial Times Magazine, 2013

The exhibition includes 53 photographs, 6 “large” in 2 formats (44 x 64 and 44 x 54 inches) and 47 “small” in 3 formats (24 x 34 inches and 24 x 28.7 inches and 24 x 24 inches). The works will travel unframed and will be magneted to the walls. The show requires approximately 185 feet of running wall space.

Life’s a Beach
Photographs by Martin Parr
8 1/4 x 6 inches, 124 pages, 100 four-color images
Clothbound 978-1-59711-213-0
Spring 2013
Designed by Emily Lessard

Participation Fee:
$7,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

The exhibition is available through 2017.

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