Shirley Baker. A Different Age

6 June - 24 July 2020
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Overview

James Hyman Gallery is pleased to present an online exhibition of largely unseen photographs by Shirley Baker selected from the photographer's estate. The exhibition includes her rare colour work as well as iconic black and white images.

The exhibition focuses on Shirley Baker's celebrated street scenes photographed around Manchester and Salford and explores her depiction of older adults.

Nan Levy, Shirley Baker's daughter, who has curated the show with James Hyman, explains:
"Having been in lockdown for the past weeks and only just being allowed out, it made me think of our elderly folk who are still unable to see their loved ones. They cannot even visit their sons and daughters or take pleasure from playing their grandchildren for fear of catching the virus. I have put a collection of Shirley's photographs of the elderly taken from the 60s to the 80s showing them taking pleasure from the simple things in daily life that sadly are not possible at the moment."


Shirley Baker, writing of her motivations captures a world of street life that seems like a distant memory:

"I love the immediacy of unposed, spontaneous photographs and the ability of the camera to capture the serious, the funny, the sublime and the ridiculous. Despite the many wonderful pictures of the great and famous, I feel that less formal, quotidian images can often convey more of the life and spirit of the time."

Works
  • Shirley Baker, Chester, 1960
    Shirley Baker, Chester, 1960
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Chester, 1966
    Shirley Baker, Chester, 1966
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Hulme, Manchester, 1965
    Shirley Baker, Hulme, Manchester, 1965
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester
    Shirley Baker, Manchester
    £ 2,000.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1965
    Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1965
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1965
    Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1965
    £ 2,000.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1967
    Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1967
    £ 2,700.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1968
    Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1968
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1985
    Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1985
    £ 2,000.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester (Man with Pigeons), 1967
    Shirley Baker, Manchester (Man with Pigeons), 1967
    £ 2,700.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester (Musician), 1985
    Shirley Baker, Manchester (Musician), 1985
    £ 2,200.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester (Woman on bench with boys fighting), 1968
    Shirley Baker, Manchester (Woman on bench with boys fighting), 1968
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Manchester Dog Show
    Shirley Baker, Manchester Dog Show
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Piccadilly, Manchester, 1961
    Shirley Baker, Piccadilly, Manchester, 1961
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Poynton, Cheshire, 1968
    Shirley Baker, Poynton, Cheshire, 1968
    £ 2,200.00
  • Shirley Baker, Stockport Road, Stockport, 1967
    Shirley Baker, Stockport Road, Stockport, 1967
    £ 2,700.00
  • Shirley Baker, Untiled (Two women looking)
    Shirley Baker, Untiled (Two women looking)
    £ 1,900.00
  • Shirley Baker, Untiled (women with cows), 1983
    Shirley Baker, Untiled (women with cows), 1983
    £ 2,000.00
  • Shirley Baker, Untiled (Women with Daffodils)
    Shirley Baker, Untiled (Women with Daffodils)
    £ 1,900.00
  • Shirley Baker, Untitled (woman and horse), 1968
    Shirley Baker, Untitled (woman and horse), 1968
    £ 2,200.00
  • Shirley Baker, Wilmslow, Cheshire, 1978
    Shirley Baker, Wilmslow, Cheshire, 1978
    £ 2,500.00
  • Shirley Baker, Woman on Bench
    Shirley Baker, Woman on Bench
    £ 1,800.00