According to Martin Parr, on the beach people can relax, be themselves, and show off all those traces of mildly eccentric British behavior. Parr has been photographing beaches across the world for decades, documenting all aspects of the tradition. Life’s a Beach, his first compilation 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 UK, among others. This book shows Parr at his best, startling us with moments of captured absurdity and immersing us in the rituals and traditions associated with beach life the world over. Learn more about the exhibit.
Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Camille Myers Breeze, Director and Head Conservator of Museum Textile Services, Andover
Bettina Matthias, Professor of German