We Do Love To Be Beside The Seaside

West Bay Dorset © Martin Parr/1996 Magnum Photos
We Do Love To Be Beside The Seaside

We all love to be beside the seaside, and as an Island nation, we Brits are never more than 72 miles away from the sea!

A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, is exploring our love for the Great British Seaside, through photography from some renowned photographers.

Margate, Kent, 1986 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
Margate, Kent, 1986 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

 

Blackpool promenade July 2008 © Simon Roberts /Flowers Gallery London
Blackpool promenade July 2008 © Simon Roberts /Flowers Gallery London

Work on display comes from photographers including Martin Parr, Simon Roberts, Tony Ray-Jones and renowned documentary photographer David Hurn, once commissioned by the producers of the James Bond films to shoot a series of stills with Sean Connery.  He also shot photos of Jane Fonda starring in Barbarella.

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The Great British Seaside explores a quintessentially British experience and covers the nations beaches from Brighton to Blackpool.

Deckchairs welcome visitors to the National Maritime Museum
Deckchairs welcome visitors to the National Maritime Museum

The exhibition also features 20 newly commissioned works by Martin Parr.  Taken last summer, the photographs look at London’s “local” beaches and includes photographs from Southend-on-Sea, Shoeburyness, Leigh-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

 National Maritime Museum curator Kris Martin told us more:

The exhibition is running until 30th September.  To find out more and book tickets, see the website.