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Benita Suchodrev: 48 Hours Blackpool
30 March – 12 May 2019

Opening: Friday 29 March 2019, 19.30

“From sunrise to sunset, on the famous promenade and surrounding alleys in the resort town on the Irish Sea, the Russian-American-Berliner Benita Suchodrev lets life unfold before her camera. Relying on her intuition, during a couple of summer days the photographer documents her encounters with strangers. Her manner is daring and swift, always capturing the “decisive moment”. Like all her documentary and portrait work, the high-contrast black-and-white photographs in “48 Hours Blackpool” are intense and devoid of sensationalism. They reveal only the sparse remains of the former splendor of the seaside resort, which attracted the wealthy British in the early 19th century until it became a magnet for mass tourism. And yet there is a touch of nostalgia to the photos, a longing to revel in beautiful memories even if only for a few hours. “48 Hours Blackpool” is a sociocultural study rich in authenticity and poetry; a contemporary but timeless journey of discovery through bingo parlors, hot dog stands, and burlesque theaters where wacky types, moms and pops, kids and seagulls go to play.”

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