Seaside : Photographed
25th May - 8th September 2019
This major exhibition will examine the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It is Turner Contemporary’s first ever photography exhibition.
As well as featuring the work of eminent photographers including Susan Hiller, Jane Bown, Anna Fox, Ingrid Pollard, Susan Hiller, Martin Parr, Henri Cartier Bresson and Paul Nash, the curators have uncovered rich and often unknown work from across photography’s history, from Raymond Lawson’s remarkable chronicle of family life in Whitstable to Vanley Burke’s record of a trip to Skegness in the 1970s.
Enzo Ragazzini captures the anarchy of the 1968 Isle of Wight festival, while Stuart Griffiths makes a bleak narrative of the 1990 rave scene in Brighton. Daniel Meadows, Barry Lewis and Dafydd Jones all photographed at Butlins in the 1970s and Grace Robertson records the raucous goings-on of a women’s’ day out to the coast in the 1950s. Composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears, partners in music and in life, created a haven by the sea that they preserved in photographs.