Anna Fox - Biography

Fox first gained attention for Work Stations: Office Life in London (1988), a study of office culture in Thatcher's Britain, originally commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London. She is best known for Zwarte Piet (1993-8), a series of twenty portraits taken over a five-year period that explore Dutch 'black-face' folk traditions associated with Christmas. The images of costumed revellers, posed in the manner reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture, have been widely exhibited internationally. Other projects have included The Village (1992), a multi-media collaboration with the writer Val Williams, examining the experiences of rural women, Country Girls, a collaboration with singer/songwriter Alison Goldfrapp portraying a fairytale nightmare vision of life in the country for young women, and Friendly Fire, which records the leisure activity of paint-balling in the manner of war reportage. More recent publications include Cockroach Diary and My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words (2000), which deal with autobiographical narratives and were designed as miniature, limited edition books. She has taught photography at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art, London, and is now Head of the BA in Photography at the University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham. Anna is currently co-writing, with Dr Deepak John Mathews, a Masters level photography course for the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Fox’s work is represented in a number of major collections. Her new book, Anna Fox Photographs is published by Photoworks 2007 edited by Val Williams, her exhibition Cockroach Diary and Other Stories opened at Impressions Gallery on 1st July 2008 and is now touring.