Martin Parr. Life's A Beach (Mini Edition). New York, Aperture: 2013.
... you are in New York next weekend.
Aperture Gallery is currently presenting a Martin Parr exhibition and next Saturday Parr himself will be there to shoot beach-themed portraits. $400 and you can go home with your own signed Martin Parr portrait. Not a keen price. But, hey, you can hang it up in your living room and compare yourself to one of those lucky people who back in the day went to Warhol's Factory and had their portrait made.
I won't be able to make it to New York next weekend. Instead I might just order the book and take it to Brighton to gain some first hand experience of British beach culture. The chances are high that it will rain, so hopefully the book will stay dry and the wind won't blow sand into my eyes. I am hoping for a sunny day but you never know what to expect - Life's a beach.
For more information visit: www.aperture.org