Past Exhibition

Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight

John Hinde - 30 May to 17 July 2003

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the John Hinde Studio, based in Dublin, produced a series of postcards to be sold at Butlin's holiday camps throughout the British Isles. Famous for their hi-de-hi catchphrase, redcoat hosts, and bargain packages with all entertainment included, this was Butlin's heyday. Throughout the 1970s, over a million Britons had a holiday at Butlin's each year. The collection contains photographs from Ayr and Mosney camps, popular with Irish holidaymakers.

With innovative use of colour and elaborate staging (the trademarks of a John Hinde postcard), it was the challenging job of two German (Elmar Ludwig and Edmund Nägele) and one British photographer (David Noble) to execute the photographs to Hinde's rigorous formula and standards. Each photograph is elaborately stage-managed, with often large casts of real holidaymakers acting their allocated roles in these narrative tableaux of the Butlin's quiet lounges, ballrooms and Beachcomber bars. Shot with large format cameras, and lit like a film set, the production of these photographs were an extraordinary undertaking. The images helped John Hinde become one of the most successful postcard publishers in the world.

Curated by Martin Parr, produced by Chris Boot, in association with Les Rencontres d'Arles Images: © John Hinde Ltd.