Our True Intent is all for Your Delight: The John Hinde Butlin's Photographs Hardcover – 1 Jul 2005
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"Stunningly up-to-the-minute large-format photographs filled with fond ironies...The post card photographers capture the sort of bright, color-saturated period detail you might expect...by turns achingly sincere and unwittingly goofy."
The New Yorker (May 19,2003)
"Just look at the candy-bright hues in John Hinde's delicious collection of vintage postcards of Butlin's...best of all is the romance of the ballroom pictures. Are you dancing? We are."
'Hot Books' Elle
"Long viewed only as a master of kitsch Hinde is now recognised, albeit posthumously, as a peerless social documentarian. Dazzling in their their colour intensity and strange clarity.... Visionary, Wonderful."
Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, London
"Extraordinary...the combination of aesthetics and promotion produced something that bypasses documentary and approaches an arresting British surrealism."
David Jays, Financial Times
"These phenomenal photographs...a cacophony of colour...Despite and because of their artifice, John Hinde's picture postcards are endlessly fascinating, exposing social trends, sartorial aberrations and a particular photographic vision. A delightful book."
The Art Book (June 2003)
"Wonderfully stylized...Check the prodigious use of Adidas three-stripe! Marvel at the tiki dicor blow-out at Butlin's Skegness Beachcomber bar! Remark on just how weird pre-Thatcherite Britain really was!"
"Enchanting and surreal"
About the Author
Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He has published over seventy photobooks of his photographs, including The Non-Conformists (Aperture, 2013), Black Country Stories (2014), and We Love Britain (2014). His work is also in the collections of museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Tate Modern, London. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.See all Product Description
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The fifty-five large, pin-sharp photos in this book capture exactly the feel and ambience of the various Butlin camps around the country. They all show groups of people, indoors and out, eating, dancing (ballroom dancing was always a big draw for pensioners) swimming, relaxing or whatever. Hinde used real campers for these photos and in nearly every one, if you look closely, you can always spot one person who is looking at the camera, I bet they were told to ignore the camera and all the lights and look as if they were having a good time. As these pictures show the British relaxing on vacation there are naturally plenty of men wearing a jacket, collar and tie, on sunny days too!
I think this is a lovely book that captures, with documentary style photos, the seventies look of a unique English institution.
reminder of butlins camps at their peak and bring back many fond memories of that time,
pure nostalgia for anyone who like me worked there or took a holiday at the camps,
quality of the photos and indeed the book are first class. for the photographers there
are descriptions of how the photos were taken,equipment,etc,
together with amazons other offering,THE BILLY BUTLIN STORY,they offer a unique insight into
this most british of institutions, a definite must buy.
It celebrates the Butlin's centres, pictured in the 60s and 70s, as if they were 19th century luxury interiors. Funny AND interesting.
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My all time favourite photography book, advertising images for Butlins of all things, the quality of these images are brilliant.Published 18 months ago by Edward Moss Photography
very happy with my book which was received very quickly and well packaged. thank youPublished 20 months ago by Angela Fynn
bought this book for my husband who has fond memories of butlins and he loved it, a brilliant buy for butlins lovers and for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.Published on 6 Feb. 2012 by dolly