In the first of the Camera at Work John Tagg and Steve Edwards explored the social and historical significance of nineteenth and twentieth-century photographs of workers and working environments, including many of the iconic images included in the exhibition, Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph. John Tagg is professor of art history at Binghamton University, New York, and author of Grounds of Dispute: Art History, Cultural Politics and the Discursive Field (1982) and The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories (1988). Steve Edwards is research lecturer in art history at The Open University, editor of Art and its Histories: a Reader (1999) and author of Photography, Allegory & Labour (Art Journal, Summer 1996). The Camera at Work series explores historical, sociological and aesthetic issues related to the photographic representation of work. It coincides with Tate Modern’s major exhibition Cruel and Tender. A collaboration with The Work Foundation, in association with Prospect magazine.