Artlink are proud to be hosting a new photography commission and exhibition of female portraits by photographer Anita Corbin. The exhibition brings together original images of women from different subcultures of the early 1980’s and newly commissioned portraits of the same women now.
In 1981, as a young female photographer at the beginning of her career, Corbin made 28 double portraits of young women. They were from different cultural groups: skins, mods, punks, rockabillies, new romantics, rastas and young lesbians. The resulting photography documents a lifelong fascination with the way in which cultural allegiance and identity were boldly and explicitly expressed through fashion, music and environment in women emerging in to adulthood.
Last year Corbin launched an international social media campaign in order to track the women down. Now, 36 years later and with over 70% of the women found, the original images of those young women will be displayed alongside a new series – of the women they became.
Anita began her photography career in the early ’80s with her now internationally acclaimed Visible Girls series. A graduate of the Royal College of Art and finalist in the Sunday Times/Nikon scholarship of 1981, she then spent 15 years covering “human interest” stories for The Sunday Times and The Observer magazines and commissions for a wide range of publications followed.
Her portfolio includes portraiture, annual report photography for award-winning design consultancies, and public sector documentary work for housing charities, health trusts and The British Council. Her editorial portraiture includes iconic shots of Bob Hoskins, Joely Richardson, Peter O’Toole, Alan Bennett and Mica Paris.