The Great British Seaside - leisure and economy

Future Cities Forum has been interviewing the photographer David Hurn - a member of Magnum Photos - at the press preview, ahead of the opening of the exhibition by Royal Museums Greenwich, 'The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960's to the Present' which runs between 23rd March and 30th September this year.

The exhibition explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and features over 100 works by four of Britain's most celebrated photographers - Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts.

It was Tony Ray-Jones' fear that England was losing its cultural identity to encroaching 'Americanisation' which made him turn his camera to the beaches of England, while Martin Parr's ability to capture archetypal 'Britishness' has made him one of the world's most popular and important photographers.