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Visible Girls

Metro Imaging Private View, London, April 2016

April 27, 2016

Over my 35-year career as a photographer, I have walked through Metro Imaging’s doors hundreds of times. But tonight was special. Tonight, those doors were emblazoned with the striking images of ‘Lynne and Penny’, two of my Visible Girls photographs on public show tonight for the first time in 35 years. An hour or so later would see the arrival of a BBC TV crew (headed by David Sillito), two documentary filmmakers, a host of over 100 excited visitors and – most importantly – a read more

Punk London: Visible Girls get their first official outing since the 1980’s.

January 26, 2016

This month, a very exuberant evening at London’s world famous 100 Club marked the start of a year-long celebration of one of Britain’s most notorious subcultures. Punk London – 12 months of events, gigs, talks and exhibitions – salutes Britain’s home-grown brand of rebellious creativity. Anita’s ‘Visible Girls’ series captured young girls taking their first steps into the exploration of their identity as mods, New Romantics and of course, punks back in the ‘80s. A read more

Visible Girls Revisited

January 6, 2016

‘Visible Girls’: Anita Corbin’s extraordinary 1980’s photographic project  Anita commences her search 35 years on for the women who defined their subcultures “Back in the 1980s you couldn’t move for images of men in subcultural settings!” says Anita “As a young photographer, I was fascinated by the girls’ colourful and extrovert appearance and their desire to be recognised as part of a larger tribe”. Anita was also fascinated by the read more

Resonance FM’s special episodes dedicated to Anita’s Career

September 16, 2014

London-based arts radio station, Resonance FM is airing two special episodes of their flagship female chat show, Very Loose Women, dedicated to Anita’s career and her quest to reunite with the women she photographed over 30 years ago in London’s subcultures, as we ask listeners: Are you one of the lost ‘Visible Girls’? Over 30 years after photographing women in London’s 80s subcultures for her photo-project Visible Girls, award-winning photographer Anita wants to recreate the read more

Visible Girls – Join the Search

March 7, 2014

As part of my documentary collection for First Women, I want to recreate my Visible Girls collection from 1981. The collection was a series of double portraits looking at girls in subcultures; mods, rockers, skins, rastas, new romantics, rockabillies, punks and women in the women’s movement.  Intimate portraits of friends, sisters and lovers between the ages of 16-22, in and around London. 33 years on I want to recreate these portraits and ask the women…how far have we come? How read more

How International Women’s Day inspired a generation of photographers

March 7, 2014

First Women creator and photographer Anita Corbin, reflects on how IWD has inspired her work and the work of other young photographers for over 30 years. “When I look at this picture taken on a very damp IWD 33 years ago in Brighton I can remember vividly the energy and sense of urgency in the hundreds of marching and chanting women. We were barely five years on from the new Sex Discrimination Act and there was plenty to shout about, we were flexing our political muscles, we were ready to go read more