Signed copies available (new and shrink wrapped)!
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. Resort 1 includes essays by David Chandler, Stephen Bull and Dr Roni Brown.
A special edition of Resort 1 is available from Anna Fox's website
Reviews & Features
Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan in The Guardian
The New York Times Top 10 Photobooks of 2013, Juror's choice
fLIP Magazine Winter 2013/2014
Interview with Hotshoe International
Cada día un fotógrafo (Spanish)
Signed copies available (new and shrink-wrapped)!
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. This new book Resort 2 is the second part of the Resort project. Resort 1, published in the Fall of 2013, looked at "Family Breaks" at this iconic holiday camp, providing a unique insight into contemporary British leisure culture. Resort 2 observes a very different kind of holiday, the themed adult breaks, taking place about once every six weeks inside this very British holiday camp. Butlin's famed for its family holidays since its creation in the mid-1930s, needed to rework its branding from the 1970s onwards. Cheap package holidays abroad started to draw families away from these popular resorts and several of the camps closed down.
Having attracted tens-of-millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, the popularity of Butlin's was at stake and after rebranding of the "Family Breaks" came a new invention - the "Adult only Themed Weekends". Steeped in a carnival atmosphere these raucous weekends bring out a range of fantastic creatures from groups of imitation pop icons such as Amy Winehouse and Elvis, to gangs of male fairies. With various titles such as "Back to the 60's" or "90's Re-loaded" and the marvellous "Hot Summer Party", these weekends attract thousands of work-worn adults ready to try out exotic fancy dress and party hard for two days and three nights.
Shot using both medium and large-format, Fox's deeply saturated colour photographs provide a fascinating insight into an unseen side of holiday camp culture. Resort 2 includes 40 photographs from the series, with an essay by David Chandler.
A special edition of Resort 2 is available from Anna Fox's website
Reviews & Features
5 star review on Amateur Photographer, 21st March 2015
Firecracker featured photographer of the month February 2015
The Angry Bat's nice photobooks blog
Interview with Photobook Bristol
Interview with LOOK festival
Book review by Laura Noble in fLIP magazine Issue 30
Camera Magazin February 2015 issue (German)