Throughout the 1980s, after extensive foreign travel, Chris Steele-Perkins recorded the rapidly changing social landscape he found on returning to England. Using ideas of pleasure, he explored public rituals that cut across class and location. The resulting book, The Pleasure Principle, is familiar yet disturbing. In Blackpool, he captured a hectic scene on the beach, while a man calmly reads his book – a moment that encapsulates how variously people go about their pursuit of happiness.

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