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Markéta Luskačová Goes to the Seaside


By Sean Sheehan Markéta Luskačová went to the seaside, on the north-east coast of England, in 1976 and ‘77 to visit a friend. Returning the following year as part of a group project to photograph the north-east, she knew the seaside would be her chosen subject area. Now, forty years later, some of her pictures – they are photographic gems – have been published by RRB Photobooks Most were taken at Whitley Bay, a popular destination for working-class families on Tyneside. Money was not plentiful, foreign holidays were unaffordable, but Whitley Bay provided the space for children to play and adults to take time out from their hard working lives. Luskačová remembers the cafes that sold boiling water for those who, to save the expense of buying tea for the whole family, brought their teapots and teabags with them (one photo shows a barefooted teenager carrying a teapot for this purpose). There is a wealth of detail in the photographs that reflects the holidaymakers’ lives. Some children have swim suits but leisure wear is non-existent for adults who, when the...

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