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February 15, 2024

In 1995, Martin Parr Visited Yalta, Crimea, to Capture a Post-Soviet Beach Holiday

In the summer of 1995 the British photographer Martin Parr, traveled to Yalta, he had for himself called the “Russian Riviera.” And in this series, you will see all the variety, which could offer the tourist Yalta almost three decades ago – the Crimean beaches, noise waterfront girls topless, giving Brezhnev, local bandits, pensions and sedate family vacation.

In Parr’s images we can almost smell the salt air, feel the warmth of the sun, and can keenly recall that particular feeling of a beachy endless summer. The photographs invoke nostalgia for sunny days full of hope that Ukrainians are holding onto dearly at the moment.

Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, he has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad.

In 1994 Martin Parr became a full member of Magnum Photographic Cooperative. He developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different genres, such as fashion and advertising. Parr holds the Guiness World Record for having the largest simultaneous photography exhibition. He has published over 120 books of his own work and edited another 30.

(Photos by © Martin Parr)


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