The Great British Seaside

Photography from the 1960s to the Present

Edited by the Royal Museums Greenwich

The Great British Seaside

Edited by the Royal Museums Greenwich

Distributed for Royal Museums Greenwich

128 pages | 100 color plates | 9 3/4 x 9 3/4
Cloth $37.95 ISBN: 9780948065989 Will Publish August 2021 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
One hundred photographs and personal essays capture the ambiguities and eccentricities that define a day at the British seaside.

Many in Britain look back with fondness on memories of paddles in the sea and picnics on the promenade. Yet the seaside can also be a place of faded glory and acute deprivation. These tensions have provided fertile ground for documentary photographers who have sought to capture the enduring British tradition.

A sociocultural exploration of the British beach through the works of four of Britain’s best-loved photographers—Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Martin Parr, and Simon Roberts—this book explores our changing relationship with the seaside since the 1960s and holds up a critical and affectionate mirror to a much-loved and quintessentially British experience. The book also includes personal essays, material from each of the photographers’ archival collections, and twenty newly commissioned works by Martin Parr.
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