I've been writing the text for the New Brighton Revisited Show (opening July 14th at the Sailing Club Gallery, New Brighton). It's one of the most enjoyable commissions I've had because I get to speak to Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Martin Parr, all of whom lived, worked and socialised there. And it was Martin Parr of course who made his photobook the Last Resort there. I'll post their interviews here. Also images will be going up @northernnarratives Instagram account so follow that.
Of all the speaker, Martin said the least. He started the interview by saying“I’ve talked about the Last Resort so much that I’ve nothing left to say,” but that wasn't quite true. He had quite a bit to say, and I got to see the original 10 x 8s and contact sheets of the Last Resort which was a real treat.
Some of these images are in The Last Resort, some aren't, some will be in the show, some won't, some are close cousins, and the contact sheet at the end was made in black and white because Parr was so broke when he came to live in New Brighton from Ireland. Here are some of those images, and here is what Martin said.