FOX, Anna. Work Stations. Office Life in London… (London): Camerawork, (1988).
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Work Stations. Office Life in London…
(London): Camerawork, (1988).
Square 8vo (197 × 210 mm), pp.i-xii, , xiii-xxiv. Colour photo-graphs. Colour photo-illustrated perfect bound wrappers, black, text in blue and white; light wear to bottom edge and fore-corner. Near fine.
First edition. Anna Fox emerged alongside Jem Southam, Paul Reas and Paul Seawright among the second generation of ‘New British Colour Documentary’ photographers which quickly followed the first generation which had included Martin Parr, Paul Graham, and Peter Mitchell. This study of office life in the Thatcher’s Britain was made between 1986-88 and was the result of a commission by Camerawork and the Museum of London. The photographs are paired with texts which are taken from trade magazines and newspapers and which who the aggressive language in use at the time. Some examples of which are:
‘To be real battleships they have to have at least one 40,000 square feet floor - big enough for six tennis courts’.
Make me an Office - Martin Pawley
‘If we don’t foul up no-one can touch us’.
Computer Weekly 1987
‘The infiltrations, raids and lightning strikes of the new commercial guerrillas are infinitely more ruthless’.
‘Should a competitor threaten to kill a sale, the modem would provide a lifeline back to base computer’.