Brighton v Margate
(or The Rise and Fall and Rise of South East Coastal Towns)
The UK coastal tourist resorts fell out of popularity in the 80s and 90s after decades of boom years. Many fell into disrepair, with abandoned buildings and peeling paintwork. A small number continued to thrive. Margate is one of those that fell victim, but is slowly putting itself back on the map with a thriving art scene. Most of Margate remains run down and deep in poverty.
By contrast, Brighton continues to be a massive success, attracting millions of visitors a year. Both have their beauty and their problems. This is a photographic study of the rise and fall and rise of South East coastal resorts.
“To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”
– Dorothea Lange