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Anna Fox. Resort 1 (2009-2011). Large-scale Exhibition Prints

Anna Fox. Resort 1 (2009-2011). Large-scale Exhibition Prints

The Hyman Collection includes the complete Resort I exhibition as staged at Pallant House Gallery in 2011. Often enormous, the large-scale prints in this exhibion are amongst the biggest works Fox has ever made and have an incredible presence, inviting one into the depicted scene.

Resort is the result of two years that Anna Fox spent photographing life at Butlin's, Bognor Regis in West Sussex - one of only three remaining resorts in the UK. Anna Fox has captured the British at leisure, providing a vital and highly charged insight into the contemporary Butlins holiday experience.

The series marks the 75th anniversary of Butlins: a British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Having attracted tens of millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, Butlins' popularity peaked in the 1970s, but, today it remains a thriving centre for family holidays and themed leisure breaks.

The Butlins experience has always been rooted in a sense of community, extending the bonds of family and friends to embrace shared social activities that are truly democratic and accessible to all. These values and aspirations are still pertinent today and the series recognises Butlins' prominent place in the national imagination.

Resort 1 presents families on holiday.
Resort 2 presents adult weekends.

Informed by John Hinde's celebrated colour photographs of Butlins holiday camps from the 1970s which were highly choreographed records of the ritualised activities in the camps, Anna Fox's large-format colour photographs provide a fascinating insight into the family activities for which Butlins is celebrated.

The series was commissioned by Pallant House Gallery and has been supported by a National Photography Museum Award and Butlins.

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