Fascinating throwback photographs offer insight into British office life in the 1980’s
These throwback images offer a fascinating insight into British office life in the 1980s.
The Thatcher-era shots show staff calling on brick-sized mobile phones, suited and booted individuals scoffing a quick full English breakfast, and energised office celebrations.
Photographer Anna Fox shot the series, entitled ‘Work Stations’, over a two-year period during the latter part of the decade.
Commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London, Anna, now 54, visited around 60 different offices in total.
She said: “They were incredibly varied.
“I went to high-end banks and insurance companies in the centre of town and then small manufacturing companies on the edges of the city.”
The photographer was part of a new movement in documentary photography, capturing in colour and with large and medium format cameras.
From September 25 until December 31, Anna’s works will be on display at OCT in Chengdu, China, as part of the ‘Work, Rest and Play; British Photography since the 1960s’ exhibition.
She added: “Everything seems so old fashioned, the dress, the office equipment, the massive mobile phone.
“It was the beginning of a slippery slope in the UK; the pursuit of individual wealth super seeded engagement with community affairs.
“As well it was Thatcher’s Britain, a fascinating political era – her famous phrase ‘there is no such thing as society, just individuals’ echoes throughout the whole series.”