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In the 1970s, Britain faced a crisis in its towns and cities. The loss of traditional industries, amongst other factors, had led to increased poverty, poor housing and unemployment but the government’s response under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher was compounding the problems with its regressive welfare policies and laissez faire economic strategy.
Against this background, a new generation of socially conscious photographers emerged. Mainly college-trained, they rejected traditional avenues to a career in photography in order to document the challenging issues they saw in their communities and to confront those in authority with their uncompromising images.