Continuing Metro’s series of Front of House Exhibitions we are delighted to announce that Anita Corbin will be showing her infamous 1981 sub-culture series, 'Visible Girls'.
In 1980’s London, Anita Corbin a young ‘soft punk’ photographer was drawn to photographing the unique styles of the women around her, she wrote in a 1981 introduction to her work.
"I have chosen to focus on girls, not because the boys (where present) were any less stylish but because girls in ‘subcultures’ have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages”
Female subjects for the series included rude girls, rockabillies, mods, skinheads, and some “less defined” female groups including soul, rasta, punk and futurist, as well as those involved “in and around the women’s liberation movement.” Corbin discovered that for these young women belonging to a subculture was not just a weekend hobby but a whole way of life.
Her photographs were exhibited in a traveling exhibition organized by the Cockpit Gallery Project called Visible Girls in 1981. The eye-catching collection of portraits serve as a study of how young women in subcultures showcased their identity as individuals, and as part of youth tribes.
Metro is delighted to have these eye-catching collection of portraits on show, serving as a study of how young women in subcultures showcased their identity as individuals, and as part of youth tribes. The exhibition includes a mixture of framed C type
and vinyl prints
alongside original contact sheet and prints from the 80’s.