Martin ParrBeach Therapy October 18, 2018 - February 08, 2019

St Ives, Cornwall, England, 2017

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 2/10

St Ives, Cornwall, England, 2017

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Broadstairs, Kent, England, 2014

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Southend-on-Sea, England, 2017

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Tenby, Wales, 2018

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Tenby, Wales, 2016

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 2/10

Tenby, Wales, 2016

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Tenby, Wales, 2017

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Sorrento, Italy, 2014

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 6/10

Benidorm, Spain, 2014

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Benidorm, Spain, 2014

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Mar De Plata, Argentina, 2014

50.8 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches
Photographic pigment print
Edition 1/10

Martin Parr

Beach Therapy

October 18, 2018 - February 08, 2019

Thursday, 18th October.  Spazio Damiani inaugurates Beach Therapy, the first solo exhibition in Italy based on the series of the same name by British photographer Martin Parr. Until 8 February 2019, twelve medium-format photographs will be exhibited, using irony to raise a veil on human habits and behaviour in the particular context of the seaside. Besides some of the best-known British beaches, some Italian, Spanish and Argentine beaches are included among the subjects. The inauguration to the public will take place on Thursday, 18 October at 6.30 pm in the presence of the artist.

During his long career as a photographer, Martin Parr has always photographed on beaches, particularly in the UK. He has often used the beach as a laboratory to experiment with new cameras and techniques. So, for example, when he changed from black and white to medium-format colour in the early 1980s, his first major project was about New Brighton, a run-down seaside resort near Liverpool. In recent months, he has started exploring the beach with the aid of a telephoto lens. This lens is rarely used in the world of art and documentary photography so it is a challenge to find new ways of using it. Often, this involves incorporating the vegetation on the perimeter of the beach as a backdrop, both in and out of focus. Over his long career he has thus tried everything from a close-up macro lens, a medium-format wide-angled camera and, finally, this latest offering with the telephoto.

“I love to try different approaches to photography and in recent years I have started to explore what is possible with a telephoto lens. As the beach has always been an experimental place to explore new ideas, I called the new work that emerged, Beach Therapy.”

On the occasion of the exhibition, a major monograph entitled Beach Therapy will be published by Damiani. The book will also be offered in a special Collector’s Edition of 90 copies that includes the book and a pigment print entitled St Ives, Cornwall, England, 2017 each numbered and signed by the artist. After Think of Scotland, Beach Therapy is the second monograph by Martin Parr published by Damiani.

Fondazione MAST will be hosting Photo biography, a conversation between Martin Parr and Urs Stahel at 6 pm on Wednesday, 17 October in the MAST’s Auditorium.

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