Writing her own script; women and activism – photographs from the Hyman Collection
Photographers Eliza Hatch and Bindi Vora talk to co-founder of the Centre for British Photography Claire Hyman about their imagery in ‘Writing her own script’, which celebrates many of the pioneering women photographers at work in Britain over the last 100 years.
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Claire Hyman is an Oral Surgeon, qualifying as a Specialist in 2000. From 2004-2020 Claire worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. At the start of the pandemic, she was redeployment to ITU (Intensive Care) to help care for patients with Covid-19. Since 2021 she has combined working as a Specialist Oral Surgeon for Whittington Health NHS Trust with teaching. At Peninsula University she is Module Lead for MSc students in Oral Surgery and Undergraduate Clinical Supervisor, and at King’s College London she is Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery. Claire has been collecting photographs since 1997 and with her husband James has developed one of the most significant private collections of British Photography in the world in The Hyman Collection. Claire is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the new Centre for British Photography.
Eliza Hatch is a 28-year-old British photographer, activist, speaker and host of The Cheer Up Luv Podcast. Eliza founded Cheer Up Luv in 2017, an internationally recognised photo series, which retells accounts of street harassment. The project combines photography with journalism, activism and social media, and has gained interest from all over the world. Contributors are photographed in locations related to their experience, and their stories are posted online via the Instagram account @cheerupluv.
Since starting Cheer Up Luv, Eliza’s work has branched into workshops, exhibitions, lectures and has led to working with global organisations, such as The United Nations, Apple and TEDx. The series has been featured by The BBC, The Guardian, i-D, Dazed to name a few, and in 2019 won the Webby for Best Individual Editorial Feature with ‘Don’t Look Away’, a joint campaign with the United Nations Population Fund. Eliza regularly gives lectures about her work at public speaking engagements such as Nicer Tuesdays, Today At Apple, TEDx, The University of Cambridge, Kings College, Forbes Ignite, Girl Rising, UN Women and many more.
Bindi Vora is a British-Indian photographic artist, associate lecturer in photography at LCC and curator at Autograph, London. She is interested in how ideas of resistance and resilience are influenced by our everyday surroundings. Her practice often combines collage, linguistics, analogue processes, and found photography.
Her works have been exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery (UK); Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects (UK); 180 The Strand (UK); Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood (UK); Phoenix Gallery (UK); Cultural Centre of Belgrade (RS); Benaki Museum (GR); Art Stage, (SG); amongst others. Her works have been published in British Journal of Photography, Trigger Magazine by FoMU; Over Journal, Capricious Magazine and Loose Associations by The Photographers’ Gallery, appearing on various websites including I Heart Women, Hyperallergic, A Corner With; being named as “one to watch” by The Wick Culture in 2021.
She has been commissioned by Hospital Rooms an arts and mental health charity to create new artworks for NHS Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Devon Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2019) and between 2022-2023 completed her second commission for the Family Room at Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust at Springfield Hospital, London.
Her works are part of collections including the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection / MoMA (US), Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation (UK), Imperial Health Charity (UK), The Hyman Family Foundation (UK), Self-Publish Be Happy artist book collection at Maison Européenne de la Photographie (FR), The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s University (UK), amongst others.