Tate Modern Talk

Uncovering the Legacy of Shirley Baker


Stockport, England, 1983, Photograph by Shirley Baker, Courtesy of  MACK

Join us to discuss Shirley Baker’s influence on the history of documentary photography

Shirley Baker developed her first photograph as a young girl. She became one of Britain’s most definitive, yet overlooked, social documentary photographers.

This event celebrates the publication of a new book of work. It combines Shirley Baker’s street photographs of Greater Manchester with unseen works. These unseen photos span the UK, South of France, Italy and Japan. The special panel includes Lou Stoppard, Sabina Jaskot-Gill and John van Aitken.

Shirley Baker is published by MACK.

This event is in collaboration with MACK.


Lou Stoppard

Lou Stoppard is a writer and curator. She has curated a range of photography and style exhibitions. These include: Mad About The Boy, at Fashion Space Gallery and North: Fashioning Identity, at Open Eye Gallery, Somerset House and The Civic. She is the writer and editor of Shirley Baker.

Sabina Jaskot-Gill

Sabina Jaskot-Gill is Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Sabina lectured on the history of photography and photographic theory at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She held positions at the University for the Creative Arts and Autograph ABP.

John van Aitken

John van Aitken is a photographer and Principal Lecturer in Media at University of Central Lancashire. His current work The New Salford documents housing developments. Shirley Baker also photographed this area in the 1960s. In 2004 John formed the Institute of Urban Dreaming with writer Jane Brake.

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11 December 2019 at 19.00–20.00