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Our True Intent is all for Your Delight: The John Hinde Butlin's Photographs Hardcover – 1 Jul 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot; 01 edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954281306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954281304
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 1.8 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!"
The Face

"Enchanting and surreal"

Vogue Magazine

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.

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I agree with the previous reviews, but would also like to add how impressively technical these photographs are. The colour saturation is probably an overkill to todays preferences, but in this book it works to bring the images closer still - taking you in to the world of Butlins as it really was back then. Most of the images are taken from a high up perspective giving superb depth. The images have a genuine honesty about them. I have recently been to Butlins and was amazed that they did not sell this book there. A missed trick I think. A great book for all photographers and Butlins devotees alike.
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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2002
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what a wonderful book, the images just bounce off the page at the viewer. the hairstyle are great and the colour in the picture are like those in a double rainbow. i can almost taste the beer in the beachcomber bar. i am booking my week in butlins now if it still looks like this. who needed the sun to shine, yeh
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A superb book. I'm an avid fan of both John Hinde and Martin Parr, so I enjoyed reading the latter's introduction and seeing the former's postcards. It was also a bonus to read the sections from the photographers themselves, about their time working for John Hinde and taking the photos at the various Butlins' sites. This book got passed around the family one Sunday afternoon, for nostalgic delight and laughter. Not only are the photos entertaining in themselves, but also show an intrinsic social record of where many people went on holiday in the 1960s and 70s and what they did, where everyone seems so slim, flares were so wide, and not a mobile phone in sight.......
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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2003
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John Hinde's wonderful photos capture a peculiarly British phenomenon, the Butlin's vacation camp. As photographer Martin Parr says in his intro...Billy Butlin had the great idea of providing a holiday park for the working class, where they could have a good time despite the English weather. The price included everything, accommodation, food and entertainment so the camps where very popular with families, ma and pa could do what they wanted knowing that the kids, not being able to stray from the enclosed site, could play all day in safety.

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.
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Whether your nostalgic for a more innocent era of holidays, interested in social / leisure history, or the art of photography this is a very interesting book. Very little text in this book, just a large (50+) number of the highly staged photographs (even at the time they were considered almost corny or cheesy) that became the signature style of John HInde's postcards. The book show's off Hindes postcard photographs of Butlins in the 60's and the 70's where a lot of time, expense and trouble was put into creating idyllic images for what were, at the end of the day, 'just' postcards. As Edmund Nagele one of his photograpphers says though, Hinde's interest was to produce a product of a quality that would not be surpassed, in this respect this book doesn't let him down.
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I was born in 1969 and lived for 19 years in Bognor Regis and occasionally visited Butlins in Bognor Regis during my childhood. The pictures in the book evoked strong memories of innocent times spent in this garish oddity that was clearly the greatest marriage of paint, textile and bad taste. The clarity of the images that unfold as you browse your way through leave the voyeur with little left to imagine of what a holiday might have been like in one of these places in the early seventies. One can only hope that one day, the only thing remaining of the Butlins entity will be some fond childhood memories and this book...anything else would be too much
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having been a redcoat at skegness in the mid 70s,these superb photos are a fantastic
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.

joe taylor,
paisley
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Beautiful images, good print, interesting texts by the photographer themselves.
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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