ANNA FOX: RESORT 30 MARCH – 10 JUNE 2012
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RESORT is the result of two years spent photographing life at Butlin’s, Bognor Regis in West Sussex – one of only three remaining resorts in the UK. Anna Fox has captured the British at leisure, providing a vital and highly charged insight into the contemporary Butlins holiday experience.
The series marks the 75th anniversary of Butlin’s: a British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Having attracted tens-of-millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, Butlin’s popularity peaked in the 1970s, but, today it remains a thriving centre for family holidays and themed leisure breaks.
The Butlin’s experience has always been rooted in a sense of community, extending the bonds of family and friends to embrace shared social activities that are truly democratic and accessible to all. These values and aspirations are still pertinent today and the series recognises Butlin’s prominent place in the national imagination.
Informed by John Hinde’s celebrated colour photographs of Butlin’s holiday camps from the 1970s which were highly choreographed records of the ritualised activities in the camps, Fox’s large-format colour photographs provide a fascinating insight into the family activities for which Butlin’s is celebrated.
Anna Fox has been working in photography for the past 25 years. Professor in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, her work has concentrated predominantly on documenting life in the South of England and has been both published and exhibited worldwide. Her work is included in a number of significant public collections and has been included in major group exhibitions such as: Through the Looking Glass, Barbican 1989; From Tarzan to Rambo, Tate Modern 2003; How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain 2007.
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Image: Anna Fox, Ocean Hotel Restaurant 2010 from the series RESORT, Copyright Anna Fox, Courtesy James!”#$%&!'()*)+,%-(#.!/)&0)&1
The series has been commissioned by Pallant House Gallery and has been supported by Butlin’s, the National Media Museum Photography Award, Photoworks, University for the Creative Arts and Goldenshot Lab.
Lighting directed by Vicky Churchill. The series was made possible though the assistance of a team led by First Assistant Andrew Bruce.
Anna Fox is represented in the UK by James Hyman Photography, London.
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