The following video presents Rare colour photos of slum life in 1960s Manchester – BBC World Service:
- Here’s Curator Anna Douglas, from her interview with the BBC World Service, discussing Shirley Baker and the “ways she celebrated life with her lens.” The exhibition opens tomorrow.
The late Manchester street photographer Shirley Baker captured scenes of family life in some of the poorest neighbourhoods during the 1960s. Rather than depicting sadness and deprivation, however, the images show a certain “joie de vivre.” Anna Douglas, curator of a forthcoming exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, explains how Shirley Baker celebrated life with her lens.
(Photo: Hulme, 1965 © Shirley Baker Estate, Courtesy of Shirley Baker Estate)
The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG)
Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men
Admission: FREE entry – before 12:00 Daily
17 Jul – 20 Sep 2015
Exhibition Day Pass – £3/£2.50 Concs
Advanced Booking Online – £2.50/£2.00 Concs
For full list of concessions & exemptions
All proceeds go to support our public programme
TPG Head of Exhibitions Clare Grafik Leads a Tour of the Exhibition
25 July 2015: Tour Booking Free with Exhibition Pass
The Photographers’ Gallery
16–18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK
Open 7 Days a Week Opening Times:
Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 18.00
Thu: 10.00 – 20.00
Sat: 10.00 – 18.00
Sun: 11.00 – 18.00
Last admissions 30 minutes before Gallery closes.
The Photographers’ Gallery invites you to the Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men exhibition.
This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs by Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches.
Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men is the long overdue first London retrospective for the pioneering documentary photographer. Her unflinching, warm-hearted and respectful images document the streetlife of Manchester and Salford, where women and children take centre stage….
This exhibition is a rare chance to see the work of social documentary photographer Shirley Baker, and a portrait of the urban decline of late twentieth century Britain.
It focuses on Baker’s depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner-city Manchester and Salford during 1961 – 1981 and the work documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities.
The Photographers’ Gallery
Women and Children; and Loitering Men (The Photographers’ Gallery, 2015) is available in the Bookshop, which features a foreword by Professor Griselda Pollock and a new short story by author Jackie Kay.
Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!