Photographer captures 21st century Butlins

Documentary photographer Anna Fox records the modern face of Butlins in a new exhibition called 'Resort' at Pallant House Gallery

For two years Fox has been photographing life at Butlinís Southcoast World in West Sussex. The 'Resort' photographs 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, Butlinsí popularity peaked in the 1970s, but, today it is making a comeback. At Butlins, family, friends and strangers come together to embrace shared social activities that are truly democratic and accessible to all. Fox has been inspired by John Hindeís celebrated colour photographs of Butlins holiday camps from the 1970s. She has photographed highly choreographed records of the ritualised activities in the camps, giving a fascinating insight not only into the family activities for which Butlins is celebrated, but also the popular adult weekends themed around school discos, the Seventies and fancy dress.

Anna Fox has been working in photography for the past 25 years. Professor in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, her work has concentrated predominantly on documenting life in the South of England and has been both
published and exhibited worldwide. Her work is included in a number of significant public collections and has been included is major group exhibitions.

'Resort' is at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester from 25-June to 6 October.
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