Art and Culture 

Shirley Baker

‘Women and Children; and Loitering Men’


Manchester, 1964

During the 1960s and 1970s cities in England were struggling to rise from the ashes and recover normalcy after the ravages of World War II. The British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2015) documented everyday life of those years in working class neighborhoods of Salford and Manchester – her own city –, where many social dwellings were demolished to raise new buildings, leaving many families homeless and unprotected. In spite of the harsh reality, her street photographs reflect kindness and hope while conveying a message of protest, and they are a faithful portrait of the working class and city life during those hard times... [+]

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