For Women's History Month, we're shining a light on some of the women from our archives who deserve to be celebrated. Evie Salter, from our Special Collections and Archives team, highlights photographer, Brenda Prince - whose work captures the reality of women and other marginalised communities.
Having been 'fed up with the way women were constantly misrepresented and stereotyped, as well as other so-called “minority” groups, such as gay men and lesbians, Black people, people with disabilities, and the elderly', Brenda Prince became a photographer in the 1970s in efforts to capture the everyday lives and realities of members of these communities.
One highlight from Prince’s archive is her photographs depicting the Miners’ Strike (1984-1985). As a working class woman, Prince felt it was important to document this movement from the miners’ wives’ perspective. She spent 18 months with the mining communities in Nottinghamshire. This work resulted in the ‘Striking Women: Communities and Coal’ exhibition, a collaborative effort with photographers Raissa Page, Imogen Young, and Izabela Jedrzejczyk.
Prince was a member of Format Photographers Agency from 1983-2001. During this time, she documented the LGBTQ+ community, protests and demonstrations, religious communities, elderly people, and political figures and events. The archive also documents the lives of women, spanning the UK, the former Soviet Union, Philippines, Iraqi-Kurdistan, and other countries.
The Brenda Prince archive is held and available to view in our Special Collections. The archive catalogue and more information about the collection can be viewed here.