“I love the immediacy of unposed, spontaneous photographs and the ability of the camera to capture the serious, the funny, the sublime and the ridiculous. Despite the many wonderful pictures of the great and famous, I feel that less formal, quotidianimages can often convey more of the life and spirit of the time.”

Shirley Baker (1932-2014, UK) was one of Britain’s most compelling yet underexposed social documentary photographers. Thought to be one of the only professional women practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era, her warm and witty images capture the everyday lives of those living across Britain during a period of industrial decline and social neglect. Baker’s passion for photography is perhaps best epitomised by her depictions of the daily life of the working class terraced streets in Salford and Manchester, which despite receiving little attention at the time, still remain important and empathetic documents of the urban clearance programmes and the resilience of communities under siege.

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