Jo Spence

Jo Spence and Rosy Martin, Phototherapy (My Mother as a War Worker), c.1986-88Jo Spence and Rosy Martin, Phototherapy (My Mother as a War Worker), c.1986-88

The first Spin event of the new season will be at Stills Gallery, where we will be visiting the exhibition of work by photographer Jo Spence. We will be joined by Roberta McGrath to discuss the various themes of the work on display. Roberta is Associate Lecturer in Photographic Theory and Criticism at Edinburgh Napier University and has close links with Stills Gallery.

Jo Spence (1934-1992) was a British documentary photographer and writer. She typically worked in collaboration, using her camera to address issues such as class, family, sexuality, illness and death. This exhibition presents material from a range of projects on which Spence worked from the early 1970s onwards. These include stark self-portraits, politically-motivated photographs of children, and work by the group Polysnappers, which Spence formed with fellow students at the Polytechnic of Central London in the 1980s. This exhibition reveals the personal and political import of photography as a medium.