Martin Parr

curated by Stuart Semple


The Square, Bournemouth, BH2 5LY

2 April – 26 June 2022

Stuart Semple has curated Life’s a Beach, an exhibition of photography by Martin Parr for GIANT. The work centres on the most enduring backdrop for his work – the British seaside. This extensive survey spans five decades of everyday coastal life through the extraordinary lens of one of the best-known documentary photographers of our time.

The exhibition features locations from across the country, from New Brighton, a run-down seaside resort near Liverpool, to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, proving how the seaside was such fertile ground for his work. From early days in the 1970’s working in black and white, through to medium format, wide-angle, macro, and ring-flash, right through to digital and the telephoto era of the 21st Century, Martin Parr has always photographed on beaches, using them as laboratories in which to experiment with new cameras and techniques. 

I have a long-established affection for the beach as a place to photograph; people can really be themselves as they sunbathe, play, swim and relax. For me, the beach is also a human laboratory where I can experiment with new ideas and approaches, using the location to explore what is possible with the camera.”  Martin Parr

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