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New Opportunity: Publication Researcher - Black Women in Photography

POSTED: 18 June 2021

Are you an ambitious researcher?

MACK is recruiting a researcher for the first publication dedicated to the legacy of Black women in photography, who were active in Britain during the 1980s – 90s

MACK is recruiting an researcher / assistant editor for Shining Lights: Black Women in Photography in the UK 1980s-90s, edited by Joy Gregory and co-published by MACK and Autograph.

The closing date for applications is 12 July 2021.

About The Opportunity

This opportunity is for a curatorial / academic researcher to project-manage the first dedicated publication to explore the legacy of Black women in photography active in Britain between the 1980s – 90s. This publication is based on an illustrated gallery lecture the artist Joy Gregory presented in 2018 at Autograph.

The role will involve working closely with Gregory to edit the book, including: re-working / transcribing her 2018 lecture into a written text and producing an extended in-conversation with Gregory; assisting and shaping the research direction; collating ephemera, textual and visual materials; writing interpretation and other short texts, where appropriate, about the selected artists’ practices/biographies; liaising with the various collaborators and institutions; managing the project schedule and deadlines with the teams at Autograph and MACK. The role can be adapted to the work and life commitments of the successful candidate, but we anticipate that it will either involve an estimated 2 days a week commitment over a 6-month period, or a block of approximately 40-50 days within an agreed time frame. The post is co-supported by Autograph and MACK.

The successful applicant will receive a fee of £7000 all inclusive.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a covering letter with their CV and the names of two referees to by no later than 12 July 2021, outlining their interest in the project, and relevant past research / proven track record in no more than two A4 pages maximum.

The successful candidate will be invited for an informal interview via Zoom and selected by Joy Gregory (artist), Mark Sealy (Autograph), Renée Mussai (Autograph), and Michael Mack (MACK).

We are committed to making the application process as accessible as possible. If you would prefer to apply in another way more accessible to you, contact or ring the MACK studio on +44 207 442 2190.


In the two decades before the end of the millennium, Black female photographers / artists played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape of the UK, fostering a radical and unique voice that was a key driving force of the independent art scene of the 1980s and 1990s.

With their work largely underrepresented across established institutions, publishers and art dealers, these women came to embody a spirit of self-organisation and community, curating their own exhibitions, events and publications, much of which has since gone uncollected and unarchived.

For the first time, Shining Lights will present a broad review of the key protagonists of the time, offering a unique record of this radical and ground-breaking period of British photographic history.


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Top and bottom banner images: from Joy Gregory, Autoportrait 1989/1990, commissioned by Autograph.

Images on page: 1-2) Contact sheet from the series Untitled [detail], 1995. © Maxine Walker, Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. 3) Flyer courtesy Joy Gregory. Image © Brenda Agard