The work of Jo Spence continues to influence and inform debates on photography. In her broad practice, typically involving collaboration with individuals and groups, Spence connected the personal with the political to explore how photography can represent and also construct reality. Through photography, teaching and writing; addressing subjects such as children’s rights, women's rights, family, class and illness; Spence demonstrated an enduring commitment to her belief in photography’s ability to empower those that use and experience it.
The exhibition at Stills will showcase two different aspects of Spence’s photographic output. A presentation of documentary images from the 1970s will illustrate the educational workshops that she developed with her long-term collaborator, Terry Dennett, through their Children’s Educational Work, The Secret World of Children and Adventure Playgrounds projects.
Stills will also display examples of self-portraiture from Spence’s use of photo therapy, a technique that she developed with Rosy Martin and began in 1984 in order to work through a number of personal histories relating to issues of sexuality, family and class.
Image: Jo Spence, Photo Therapy: My Mother as a War Worker, 1986-88. Collaboration with Rosy Martin Copyright the Estate of Jo Spence. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery
Jill Todd Photographic Award 2016
The Award takes the form of a competition, with applicants being asked to submit a body of work of between 5 and 12 images for consideration. Three winning and a selection of commended entrants will be selected to showcase their work in Stills’ gallery.
Deadline for submissions: 5pm, 29th August 2016
For further information and submission details please see The Jill Todd Photographic Award
Image: Jill Quigley, Rural Fluorescent (2015) Commended artist 2015.