“Shirley Baker: Life Through A Lens” Northern premiere on May 23rd

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We are pleased to announce the Northern premiere of the film Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens. The screening will take place at Manchester Art Gallery on May 23rd with a Q+A to follow.

This is the first feature length documentary devoted to the life and work of Shirley Baker. The film has been authorised by the Estate of Shirley Baker and features the photographer’s words, as spoken by her daughter Nan Levy. The film includes dozens of Baker’s colour and black and white photographs, and is narrated by the acclaimed actress Samantha Beckinsale, the sister of Kate Beckinsale.

Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens is directed by the IFTA nominated film and TV director Jason Figgis. The editor of Nikon Owner Magazine Gray Levett has described the film as ‘an uncommonly beautiful documentary that pays tribute to the work of a remarkable artistic spirit’ and Michael Pritchard at the Royal Photographic Society has said ‘Figgis’ film provides an engaging and accessible insight. There is no comparable documentary on Baker’s life and work.’

Following the film screening there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Jason Figgis and Nan Levy, Shirley Baker’s daughter, chaired by Natasha Howes, Senior Curator, Manchester Art Gallery. The gallery’s hugely successful exhibition Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men took place in 2017.

Tickets are £10 + £1.55 Eventbrite fee to include a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink. For tickets click here

For details of London premiere which takes place on May 18th at the Centre for British Photography, click here