Butlin's Bognor Regis.
Photographs by Anna Fox.
Schilt Publishing, 2013. 104 pp., 40 color illustrations, 11½x11¾".
For two years British photographer Anna Fox documented holiday
culture at the iconic Butlin's resort in the seaside town of Bognor
Regis, West-Sussex. The work marked the 75th anniversary of this
leisure brand, and provided a unique insight into contemporary
British holiday culture. Butlin's is a British institution and an
established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character,
history and identity. Having attracted tens of millions of
holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, the popularity of Butlin's
peaked in the 1970s, but today it remains a thriving centre for family
holidays and themed leisure breaks.
Shot using large-format, Fox's deeply saturated colour photographs
provide a fascinating update to a holiday icon most often associated
with the golden era of British seaside culture, in contrast to the
popular themed adult weekends now on offer and which will be the
subject of Resort 2, the second book by Anna Fox planned to be
published by Schilt Publishing in 2014.