‘Nobody told us about it’: Socialising photo-history

Not Our Class Newsletter-1

Not Our Class, issue #1, 2012. Edited by Louise Shelley and published by Studio Voltaire

Friday 8 November 2013, 1.30-5.00pm.  Book HERE

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

Panel discussion convened by Laura Guy, PhD Candidate, Manchester School of Art with support from NEPN. Speakers include Noni Stacey (PhD Candidate at Photography and the Archive Research Centre at LCC), Louise Shelley (The Showroom) and Matthew Hearn (independent researcher and curator)

 This seminar invites speakers and audience to engage with the cultural legacy of the British photography practices, organisations and collectives who aligned themselves with left political movements throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The event responds to the issues that Terry Dennett and Jo Spence characterised in their 1986 account of the Photography Workshop:

‘One of the ironies of the Left and women’s movement must surely be this: that groups which are set up and do innovative work usually split into differing political segments; these segments then go on and found new dynasties, or just fade away. In time, the original differences, cracks, fissures and explosions come to be neatly laundered over, erased from the memory of those involved because they are too painful, not fully known to those who came later because ‘nobody told us about it’ and, finally, mythologised through the accounts of others writing about them from the outside.’

Bringing together a range of individuals who are attempting to do photo-history ‘from the outside’ (interpretable in the broadest sense), we hope this event will share a number of methodological approaches with a focus on the histories of regional as well as London based practices.

A total snip at £10/£5 concessions, booking HERE.