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Women and Photography With Format Photographers Agency And Hackney Flashers at Bishopsgate Institute

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Join us to hear members of Format Photographers and Hackney Flashers share their experiences of working as photographers, working as women and working in collectives in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The Hackney Flashers collective was set up in 1974, creating influential agitprop material for the next two decades. Key projects included two exhibitions, 'Women and Work' (1975) and 'Who's holding the baby?' (1978), and a slide pack 'Domestic Labour and Visual Representation' (1980). Format was set up as an agency in 1983, with the aim of documenting the world from a different perspective. Their objectives were to support women photographers in developing their careers, to represent issues, events and individuals who got very little coverage in the mainstream media, and to retain some control over the use and distribution of their images. They captured a range of important political moments, such as the Greenham Common women's peace camp, LGBT Pride Marches, and many demonstrations throughout the 1980s and onwards. With introductions to the history of each of the groups, there will be an opportunity to view original materials, as well as digital reproductions. Hear discussions of what it meant to work collectively, of how photography was used to embody political activism, and of the importance of photography as a tool for sharing political struggles with a wider audience.

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Bishopsgate Institute

230 Bishopsgate
+44 (0)20 7392 9200
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Tube/Rail: Liverpool Street

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