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Photography Of Protest And Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s
Noni Stacey

Photography Of Protest And Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s Noni Stacey

Photography Of Protest And Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s
Noni StaceyPhotography Of Protest And Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s
Noni Stacey
Lund Humphries


208 pages
190 x 250 mm
ISBN 9781848224094


During the 1970s, London-based photographers joined together to form collectives which engaged with local and international political protest in cities across the UK. This book is a survey of the radical community photography that these collectives produced.

The photographers derived inspiration from counterculture while finding new ways to produce, publish and exhibit their work. They wanted to do things in their own way, to create their own magazines and exhibition networks, and to take their politicised photographic and textual commentary on the re-imagination of British cities in the post-war period into community centres, laundrettes, Working Men’s Clubs, polytechnics, nurseries – anywhere that would have them. The laminated panel exhibitions were sufficiently robust, when packed into a laundry box, to withstand circulation round the country on British Rail’s Red Star parcel network.

Through archival research, interviews and newly discovered photographic and ephemeral material, this tells the story of the Hackney Flashers Collective, Exit Photography Group, Half Moon Photography Workshop, producers of Camerawork magazine, and the community darkrooms, North Paddington Community Darkroom and Blackfriars Photography Project. It reveals how they created a ‘history from below’, positioning themselves outside of established mainstream media, and aiming to make the invisible visible by bringing the disenfranchised and marginalised into the political debate.

About the Author
Noni Stacey is a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), and is writing her second book for Lund Humphries. Her first book, Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s, is published by Lund Humphries. Her PhD, ‘Community Photography’: Radicalism and a culture of protest in the London-based photography collectives of the 1970s, was funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and awarded in December 2017 from the University of the Arts London. She completed an MA in the history and theory of photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2010 (awarded Distinction, 2011). Before returning to education, she worked as a freelance picture editor and researcher for publications such as Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Guardian, and The Independent on Sunday. Noni has also worked as a TV news producer and journalist.

About the Publisher
Lund Humphries is a long-established, independent publisher of books on art, architecture and design. Their list of publications encompasses books for visual Arts scholars, professionals, students and art enthusiasts across a wide range of specialisms. With a publishing heritage dating back to 1939, Lund Humphries is particularly known historically for its illustrated monographs and reference books on modern and contemporary artists. From these roots, their publishing programme has expanded to cover all periods of art history, as well as architecture and design. Many of their books are published in partnership with leading museums and galleries internationally, often to accompany exhibitions.