Jo Spence: Fairy Tales and Photography. Or, another look at Cinderella
RRB / The Hyman Collection, 2020, Softcover, 260 pages, 30 × 21.5 cm
This dissertation brings together subjects, both personal and political, that she grappled with throughout her life: social class, family histories, sexuality, representation of women and visual ideologies. Her work drew on her own lived experience of being a woman from a working-class background, her battles with cancer, mental health, education and her family history, but throughout she was always socially minded, with an eye on the structures of power that shape our lives.