Born in Kersal, Lancashire in 1932, Shirley Baker is today recognized as one of the preeminent British photographers of the post war period, and one of a very small number of women street photographer in post-war England. Beginning her work in the late 1950s her pictures reveal the legacy of Bill Brandt's pioneering study of The English at Home (1938) and the Picture Post magazine photo stories of Bert Hardy, Grace Robertson, Thurston Hopkins and others. Best known for her streets of Manchester and Salford, she went on to photograph people in many other places. In the 1980s Baker spent some time in London. Her photography has a particular, individual quality that distinguishes her work and her sensitivity to her subjects, and often shows her sense of humour.
After studying photography at Manchester College of Technology, Baker initially pursued a career as photographer at the Guardian. This proved difficult at a time when photography was considered a job limited to men. In 1960 Baker began teaching at Salford College of Art, during this time she started documenting the urban clearance programmes of inner-city Manchester.
- Shirley Baker (1932-2014)
- Title of artwork
- Young man in leather jacket and sunglasses in London 1980’s
- Gelatin-silver print
- Artist's stamp
- Image size
- 38×31 cm