Shirley Baker by Lou Stoppard, available November

Shirley Baker article in The New Yorker by Lou Stoppard

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We are very excited to report that London-based writer Lou Stoppard has a feature published this week in The New Yorker. Lou’s book about Shirley Baker is available now, priced at £35 – it is an in-depth look at Shirley’s work and the world she inhabited.

Lou has selected some of the more unusual images to present a more rounded picture of Shirley and her photography. Lou was able to look in depth at the huge quantity of Shirley’s work and was astounded to see the wealth of subject matter.

The article, entitled Shirley Baker’s Half Century of Street Photography looks at Shirley’s life and the range and complexity of her images. Lou Stoppard explores the tendency to pigeonhole Shirley’s work: “it is also the case that that indifference has continued, perhaps taking on a more nuanced disregard, wherein Baker’s work is geographically pigeonholed and she is seen simply as a postwar documentary photographer of a restless period of change in Northern life, rather than the complex artist that she was.” 

You can read the article in the New Yorker here

Shirley Baker by Lou Stoppard is published by Mack and is available now