Shirley Baker : Personal Collection
In the Print Sales Gallery
The Print Sales Gallery presents rare vintage and lifetime prints from the personal collection of pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932- 2014).
Thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era, Shirley Baker’s humanist documentary work traced communities in the North West of England throughout the 1950s, 60s and into the 80s.
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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