Anna Fox

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Anna Fox (born 1961) is a British documentary photographer, known for a "combative, highly charged use of flash and colour".[1][2]

Career and work[edit]

Fox studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey under tutors Martin Parr, Paul Graham and Karen Knorr.[3]

Fox first came to attention with her 1988 documentary study of London office life on the mid-1980s, Work Stations: Office Life in London. She is perhaps best known for her Zwarte Piet series made between 1993 and 1998, published as the book Zwarte Piet, which documents 'black face' folk culture traditions in the Netherlands. Between 2001 and 2003 she published four monographs in her "Made in" series: Made in Milton Keynes, Made in Kansas, Made in Gothenburg and Made in Florence. From 2009, Fox photographed for two years at Butlins in Bognor Regis for her book Resort 1 - Butlin's Bognor Regis.[4][5][6]

She currently works as head of photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.[1][7]

A retrospective 300-page book Photographs 1983-2007 by Val Williams was published by Photoworks in 2007.

In November 2009 Fox was shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, held at the Photographers Gallery, London.[1]

The critic Sean O'Hagan, reviewing Resort 1 - Butlin's Bognor Regis in The Guardian, said "Her work often hones in on the particular to suggest the universal, such as her series The Village (1991–1993), in which rural England becomes a pastiche of itself even as the individual lives glimpsed therein seem vividly real."[5]

David Chandler, in his essay Vile Boodies, in the book Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007, said Fox is "widely regarded as an important part of what might be called the 'second wave' of British colour documentary photography" and that she "helped form its particular style of combative, highly charged use of flash and colour".[2]


Publications by Fox[edit]

Other publications[edit]

  • Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007. By Val Williams. Brighton: Photoworks, 2005. ISBN 978-1903796221. Features texts by David Chandler, Val Williams, Jason Evans and Mieke Bal.

Exhibitions (selected)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Beyfus, Drusilla (31 Jan 2010). "Anna Fox: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Val (2005). Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007. Brighton, England: Photoworks. p. 17. ISBN 978-1903796221. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anna Fox: Resort 1", Hotshoe. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Hello campers! Butlins in technicolour – in pictures". The Guardian. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b O'Hagan, Sean (8 November 2013). "The height of camp: kitsch, colour and casualwear at Butlins". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "In pictures: Resort by Anna Fox". BBC News. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Professor Anna Fox", University for the Creative Arts. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  8. ^ "[1]", Photographers' Gallery. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Anna Fox – Cockroach Diary and Other Stories". Ffotogallery. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Anna Fox: Resort", Pallant House Gallery. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  11. ^ Jacques, Adam (31 July 2011). "Portfolio: Anna Fox". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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