"Sea bathing and photography". Summer Days Gallery talks
María de los Santos García Felguera
Professor, Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Sea bathing and photography
From the mid-19th century onwards and in conjunction with the emergence of the new middle-class custom of summer holidays on the coast, sea bathing for health and leisure reasons became increasingly popular. The beaches of Spain and other European countries were now filled with sea spas, beach huts and bathing machines, bathers wearing their fashionable new costumes, lifeguards who supervised hesitant swimmers and many others new features that contemporary photographers recorded from the very outset of that medium.