Turner Contemporary

The exhibition ‘Seaside: Photographed’ which is a photography focused group exhibition with work contributed from over 70 artists. Each of the artist’s work is unique yet retaining the common themes of appreciation for the British seaside. This being snapshots from the glory days from decades ago to the rapid decline to the seaside towns in Britain.

Dafydd Jones, Butlins, Minehead Somerset. Summer 1979

Within the exhibition there are some outstanding pieces that really highlight the purpose of this show. An example of this would be the photographs by Vanley Burke, who captured the black community in Handsworth in the 1970’s where there was still a thick tension between race and discrimination. However, the four prints on display at the moment show a group of young people from the black community at the seaside enjoying their time together. This to me shows how a place such as the seaside can bring people together no matter the ethnicity, race or religion. Other piece that stood out is the private collection of novelty postcards taken by Charles Howell. Taken somewhere between 1927-1937, showing a series of postcards with comedic props to entice people to have their photo taken at Blackpool beach.

Down to the Beach. Photographer: Raymond C Lawson.

I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition and would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy the mediums of film and photography. As it shows a real sense of nostalgia and appreciation to photography, capturing the joyous time of going to the seaside from the past decades to the present day. I believe this exhibition could appeal to everyone, from young children grasping a sense of history from a place they enjoy to older adults that can reminisce of days at the seaside from their lifetime. Overall it is a touching exhibition that is worthy of all its praise at the Turner Contemporary.


Posted by: Turner Contemporary on 27 June 2019
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