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For over forty years, Martin Parr has photographed beach culture around the globe.

The photographer has often been drawn to the overindulgence of garish hues and nation’s idiosyncratic quirks that are just as overexposed, as the abundance of sunburnt skin and oiled bikini bodies. As Parr once told the Independent, “The seaside has to be one of the most fascinating places for people-watching. It is a place where we relax and lose our inhibitions, and that’s when true personalities come on display.”

His close-up portraits of oiled sunbathers, swimming dips, and sandy picnics have brought together for Latitudes Photography Festival. This exhibition demonstrates Parr engagement with a cherished subject matter, where all absurdities and quirky National behaviors seamlessly fuse together.

For more information about the festival and its 2018 programme, please click here