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.

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The third of the The Camera at Work series, featured Mary Davis and Polly Toynbee. Women did most of the twentieth-century’s unpaid or lowest paid work, but how much of it was documented? Polly Toynbee and Mary Davis examined the visibility of women’s work in photographs and other visual media. Not long after the notorious photograph of ‘Blair’s babes’ they also explore how women’s increased presence within the public realm is visually represented. Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist and broadcaster and was formerly the BBC’s social affairs editor. Her groundbreaking study of women’s work in Britain, A Working Life (1971), has recently been followed by Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain (2003). Mary Davis is a historian and currently Deputy Director of Working Lives Research Unit at London Metropolitan University. The discussion will be chaired by Antonia Byatt, director of The Women’s Library. 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.