Anna Fox, Photographs 1983-2007
Published on 1 July 2008
This Photoworks publication offers the first comprehensive survey of the work of the important British photographer, Anna Fox.
Anna Fox began practicing in the early 1980s, emerging as one of the most exciting colour documentarists at a time when photographic and cultural territories were being radically redrawn. Like many of the new colourists – young British photographers including Paul Reas, Paul Graham, Martin Parr and Paul Seawright – Fox was enchanted by the ‘ordinary’, and helped, as part of this group, to redefine documentary photography in Britain and Europe.
Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007 features representative selections from all of Fox’s major projects, spanning the entirety of her twenty-five year career. The book begins with her earliest projects, Basingstoke, Work Stations and Friendly Fire – each a critical exploration of the social make up and behaviour of Thatcher’s Britain in the 1980s. The book then charts her progress through more personal, diaristic bodies of work including Hewitt Road, Coackroach Diary and My Mother’s Cupboards and My Father’s Words. Among her more recent projects, Country Girls and Pictures of Linda chronicle Fox’s relationship with the musicians Alison Goldfrapp and Linda Lunus through a series of intimate, playful and performative portraits. Back to the Village looks to the social fabric and uniquely English customs witnessed by Fox around her home village in Hampshire.
The book accompanied a major retrospective of Anna Fox’s work at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, England. Fox was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for this exhibition.
Watch Anna Fox talk about her work in the exhibition Cockroach Diary & other stories below: