ARCHIVES FROM THE NEW BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 1970s
This exciting and central history of visual culture in the UK has yet to be investigated. A joint project, developed by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London, Photoworks and the University of Sussex, begins this process of rediscovery.
The exhibition and one day conference examines key archives of 1970’s photography, ranging from Euan Duff’s pioneering work in fi ve parts ‘How We Are’ (drawn from the Mass-Observation Archive at the University of Sussex), to Peter Mitchell’s early colour documentary in Yorkshire.
This conference will also investigate the various contexts - design, media and academic - which informed the new photography of the 1970s. It highlights, for example, the importance of a new arts journalism, as exemplifi ed in the arts pages of ‘The Guardian’ during the period, and the impact of ‘new’ academic disciplines such as sociology on the critical debate about photography. This, together with the vital role of graphic design and its key designers and a radicalised art history, which explored previously overlooked areas of visual and popular culture, helped to give photography in the 1970s a new status both as social commentary and as art.