BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr
Tate Britain: Display
13 October 20144 October 2015
Part of the series BP Spotlights
  • Karen Knorr
    Belgravia 1979–1981
    Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
    Image: 304 x 306 mm
    Presented by Tate Members 2013 and forming part of Eric and Louise Franck London Collection

This display brings together two series of work by the photographer Karen Knorr: Belgravia 1979–81 and Gentlemen 1981–83, which form part of the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection. Knorr’s work emerged out of debates in cultural studies that were current in the 1970s about the politics of representation.

The series, Gentlemen and Belgravia both combine image and text. Gentlemen brings together photographs taken in gentlemen’s clubs in central London with text constructed out of speeches of parliament and the news; in doing Knorr explores patriarchal values in the upper middle classes. Belgravia highlights the aspirations and lifestyle of a privileged minority living in one of the most affluent parts of London.