The last resort
September 16, 2008 12:33 AM Subscribe
Martin Parr is a celebrated English photographer
who has a reputation for being both preoccupied and inspired with notions of consumerism
, foreign travel
. Now you can actually go on holiday with him. The School of Life
, a maverick cultural institution in London, is offering a weekend away
with the sardonic snapper in the Isle of Wight
Parr has described the Isle of Wight as like "a living theme park, like stepping back into an England of 20 or 30 years ago". For the princely sum of £500, you get to stay in Parr’s favourite seaside hotel, and join him for visits to the Brighstone holiday centre, the Needles, Ventnor beach and "other landmarks of the Isle of Wight tourism scene". According to the website, Parr will discuss his photography as well as his collections of souvenirs and postcards
, and train your eye to see the "ugliness in beauty and the horror in leisure".
Future holidays with cultural figures are planned by the School of Life, including a tour of the "overlooked delights of Heathrow airport" with philosopher Alain de Botton
and an exploration of the M1 motorway
To my mind, this reminds of the sports tours where past greats are paid to guide you around famous stadiums and then sit with you at dinner trading old anecdotes. But does this cultural-history-as-holiday have other antecedents, I wonder?