The Last Resort. Photographs of New Brighton by Martin Parr. Text by Ian Walker. Promenade Press, Merseyside, 1986. 90 pp. Oblong quarto. (True) First edition. Stiff wrappers. 40 color plates.
Martin Parr's now classic third book was his first in color--and the one that really put him on the map. In it, he caught the British lower middle class at play in the seaside resort of New Brighton. His pictures, sometimes humorous, sometimes bitterly ironic, make us wonder where all the fun is. As critic Gerry Badger has written, "The Last Resort burst upon the photographic scene with the force of a volcano, producing, to say the least, a mixed critical reaction. Parr had dropped a large stone with some force into the British photography pond, and its ripples not only spread out but rocked the boat considerably. It is no exaggeration to say that The Last Resort was a defining moment in British photography."
From Dewi Lewis, publisher of the 1998 AND 2009 editions:
When Martin Parr’s The Last Resort was first published and exhibited in 1986 it divided both critics and audiences alike. Some saw it as the 'finest achievement to date' of colour photography in Britain whilst others viewed it as 'an aberration'. With the benefit of hindsight there is little doubt that it transformed documentary photography in Britain and placed Parr amongst the world’s leading photographers...
Fine-; just a trace of rubbing and wear at 'tips'