Chris Steele-Perkins. Magnum Photographer



Survival Programmes comprises photographs (all black and white), interview transcripts, drafts and other materials relating to the book Survival Programmes by the Exit Photography Group (Nicholas Battye / Chris Steele-Perkins / Paul Trevor). The photographs and interviews were made between 1974 and 1979, and record life in Britain's inner urban areas in the 1970s. 'Survival Programmes' was a Gulbenkian funded project to document inner city environments and lives in the later 1970s. The original photographs were used in a travelling exhibition, and are kept by the Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Review by the Publisher

"Survival Programmes presents simply and vividly the existing situation in Britain's inner cities. It documents the scale and complexity of inner city deprivation--and the different responses to it--in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glascow, and Belfast. The experience is communicated in the form of photographic and verbal record. The photographs provide a narrative sequence and can be read independently of the text, which is from tape-recordings of people speaking from their own experience. The two narratives develop independently yet in parallel. The unfolding relationship of image and text is complex, uneven, revealing and open to many different interpretations."

  • Softcover, 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Publisher: Open University, January 1982
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