Middlebury College Museum of Art

Martin Parr Talks About the Beach

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.

Upcoming Events

Gallery Talk:  Friday, September 12

Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum

Middlebury College Museum of Art , 4:30pm

Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Illustrated Lecture:  Wednesday, October 1

Opening Doors: Conservation of Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall , 4:30pm

Camille Myers Breeze, Director and Head Conservator of Museum Textile Services, Andover

Art & Lunch Discussion:  Friday, October 3

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—The Making of Visual Weimar

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum , 12:15pm

Bettina Matthias, Professor of German