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The Last Resort

Martin Parr's now classic photobook reveals the realities of New Brighton, a working class seaside resort in northern England, during the 1980s

Martin Parr

Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1985. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr | The Last Resort New Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

The Last Resort, photographed during the 1980s, the first color publication by Martin Parr is described by some as cruel and voyeuristic, and by others as a stunning satire on the state of Britain. It established him as one of the Europe’s most influential and admired photographers and contributed to the development of a new color documentary photography in the UK. The first edition of The Last Resort was published in 1986, and the second edition in 1998.