This work was first exhibited as part of Butlin's by the Sea by Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr, the opening show at Impressions Galley, York, in November 1972, curated by Andrew Sproxton and Val Williams. It took another thirty-nine years for the work to be published: in the Financial Times Magazinepp.28-33, 3-4 September 2011. The clipping (above) is from the Telegraph Saturday Review, p.3, 17 May 2014.

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Butlin's 1972

r/t: 4 min, 41 sec.

 

In the summer of 1972 Martin Parr and I worked as "walkie" photographers at Butlin’s Filey in Yorkshire. This film, by Shehani Fernando for the Guardian's My Best Shot feature, tells how some colour pictures I took there were recently 'discovered'.

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Book. 1981. Camera Lucida, reflections on photography. After years of dispassionate analysis Barthes comes across a photograph of his mother as a child, the "winter garden photograph". He lets his feelings in and suddenly the ideas start bouncing off the page: "I had discovered this photograph by moving back through Time? I worked back through a life, not my own, but the life of someone I love. Starting from her latest image, taken the summer before her death (so tired, so noble, sitting in front of the door of our house, surrounded by my friends), I arrived, traversing three quarters of a century, at the image of a child: I stare intensely at the Sovereign Good of childhood, of the mother, of the mother-as-child. Of course I was then losing her twice over, in her final fatigue and in her first photograph, for me the last; but it was also at this moment that everything turned around and I discovered her as unto herself. "