Shirley Baker (1932-2014) was one of Britain's most compelling yet underexposed social documentary photographers. Her street photography of Manchester and Salford in the in the 1960s has come to define her humanist vision. Her curiosity and engagement with everyday life around her confirms her acute observation, visual humour and compassion. These photos have been selected by Shirley's daughter, Nan Levy, who is keen to make her mother's work widely available.
Baker's work is more than documentation of social history . . . she was a compassionate and humorous teller of stories that portray the spectrum of human resilience. Baker depicted the day-to-day lives of working communities and made the everyday appear momentarily extraordinary. -- Natasha Howes