“You can learn a lot about a country by looking at its beaches: across cultures, the beach is that rare public space in which all absurdities and quirky national behaviors can be found.” Martin Parr Compulsive collector of objects and images, since his series The Last Resort(1986) Martin Parr has focused his lens on beaches, starting with the British tradition of beach-going (New Brighton). “The world performs on beaches,” he declares; it is a site of sociability and commerce, and the photographer’s hunting ground for global human behaviors. Life’s a Beach, a double-entendre title of a series of 60 photographs,...
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