Life’s a Beach: Martin Parr

On view in the Clinton Adams Gallery September 13-December 14, 2013
With an opening reception, Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

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,  Margate, UK,1986. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Martin Parr, Margate, UK,1986.  © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Martin Parr, Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan, 1996.© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Martin Parr, Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan, 1996. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Martin Parr, Lake Garda, Italy, 1999. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Martin Parr, Lake Garda, Italy, 1999. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

 

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This exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

Main Image: Martin Parr, Italy, Rivadel Garda, 1999. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.