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Colour Works: The 1980s and 1990s by Homer Sykes

Sunday 15 May 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Somerset House
P3 - Dewi Lewis
Ground Floor – Publishers Area (P)

Colour Works is a collection of images Homer Sykes made during the 1980s and 90s. This was a golden period for magazine commissions; they were the Thatcher years. A gilded and confident yuppie generation spent freely, there was a new hedonistic, ‘never had it so cool’ loads of money mentality. As a result advertising was plentiful and adventurous; the new colour magazines prospered and commissioned photography as never before. There are many sides to Homer’s work: hard hitting news stories such as the Miners Strike, the siege of the Iranian Embassy, the Women’s Peace Camp on Greenham Common or the Brixton riots. Alongside this he also covered broader social issues such as poverty, housing and rural life.