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EVENT: Town Magazine - Emerging and contemporary photography in the early 1960's
The Photographers' Gallery: Writing Photography Series
10th May 2011 19:00

This year-long Writing Photography series investigates different approaches, both creative and academic, to writing about photography.

959 two young property developers bought Man About Town and re-launched it in 1960 as Britain's first modern glossy men's magazine. The economy was buoyant, the fashion industry was expanding exponentially, and there was a burgeoning advertising industry.

The magazine's art director Tom Wolsey brought together young photographers including David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Don McCullin and Philip Jones Griffiths, who went on to shape British fashion photography and photojournalism in the mid 1960s.

In this talk Anne Braybon investigates the importance of Town as a platform for contemporary and emerging photography in the UK in the early 1960s, and Wolsey's role as a mentor to the new generation of British photographers.

Anne Braybon is Commissions Manager for the National Portrait Gallery's three year Cultural Olympiad Project Road to 2012. Previously an award winning editorial art director, Braybon worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London, developing job by job a passion for photography. As an AHRC Research Fellow at the Photography at the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts, London Braybon contributed to a project led by Val Williams investigating New British Photography in the1970s. She continues her research focus on British photography1952-1972.

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