The Country Show by Arnhel de Serra
May 1, 2020
Photographer Arnhel De Serra has documented Rural County Fairs for a number of years and the results are a joyous peek inside rural communities, eccentricities and English traditions. The Museum of English Rural Life in association with Reading University has launched 'The Greatest Online Agricultural Show' and celebrates Arnhel's work:
As The Greatest Online Agricultural Show launches, this is the perfect time to revisit the extraordinary work of photographer Arnhel de Serra. His amazing exposé of The Country Show was shot between 2004 and 2014 and captures the quirky, strange, and invitingly surreal world of rural shows.
Country shows are meeting points between urban and rural, between spectator and exhibitor. Different worlds collide and create new ideas of the countryside. This small selection of images reminds us of the fleeting moments that bring these events to life.