A Practice-Led Investigation into the Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working-Classes Since 1975
My thesis investigates the role of the photobook in representing the British working-classes since 1975 and demonstrates the value of photobooks as a tool for the exploration of lived experience. It is interdisciplinary and practice-led, culminating in a written outcome and a collection of eight photobooks about working-class practices. The thesis suggests a model for the exploration of class identity and lived experience through photobook practice and highlights the important role that photobooks have played in documenting and contributing to our understanding of Thatcherism and its impact upon working-class lives.
Utilising a range of concepts from across the Arts and Humanities, a close textual analysis of seven British photobooks that represent the impact of Thatcherism on British working-class lives is conducted and their influence on the photobook practice is analysed.
The thesis is divided into three parts. In part one, Thatcherism and its impact on working-class lives and the history of British class analysis is examined. In part two, a close textual analysis of seven British photobooks that represent the impact of Thatcherism on British working-class lives is conducted and their influence on the photobook practice is critically analysed. In part three, the photobook practice is critically analysed and positioned within the history of documentary photography and the photobook.
Research Degree: PhD (Practice Led), Part-time
Research Centre: Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSCARC); Art Hub
Funded: Manchester Metropolitan University