Cultural Resistance and Cultural Expression
Our position in organising photography projects for young people affords us a privileged insight into their worlds. This comes to us through having access to the photographs they take. Looking at their photographs and talking about them with young people has always been one of the most extraordinary aspects of the experience of running the projects. Over the last five or six years, on a weekly basis, we have looked over the regular production of contact sheets made from films taken at a weekend or after school. These contact sheets are stored in files with the negatives. They are filed by school or group in chronological order and referenced by date, photographer(s) and subject. On average, each file representing one group’s work for a year, will contain between fifty or sixty sheets of negatives. Each sheet of negatives will comprise thirty-six frames.
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Notes and References
- 1.See, for example, the Inner London Education Authority adopted report, Improving Secondary Schools, by D. Hargreaves (1983) and the ILEA initiative documents on race, sex and class.Google Scholar
- 2.For evidence of the history of young people and criminal sub-cultures in South London, see C. Rook, Hooligan Nights (Oxford University Press, 1979).Google Scholar
- 3.See A. McRobbie, Resistance Through Rituals (1976).Google Scholar
- C. Griffin, Typical Girls (Routledge, 1985).Google Scholar