Anna Fox (born 1961) is a British documentary photographer, known for a "combative, highly charged use of flash and colour".[1][2] In 2019 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

Career and work

Fox completed her degree in Photography at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey in 1986[3] under tutors Martin Parr, Paul Graham and Karen Knorr.[4]

Fox first came to attention with her 1988 documentary study of London office life on the mid-1980s, Work Stations: Office Life in London. She is perhaps best known for her Zwarte Piet series made between 1993 and 1998, published as the book Zwarte Piet, which documents 'black face' folk culture traditions in the Netherlands. Between 2001 and 2003 she published four monographs in her "Made in" series: Made in Milton Keynes, Made in Kansas, Made in Gothenburg and Made in Florence. From 2009, Fox photographed for two years at Butlins in Bognor Regis for her book Resort 1 - Butlin's Bognor Regis.[5][6][7]

She currently works as head of photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.[1][8]

A retrospective 300-page book Photographs 1983-2007 by Val Williams was published by Photoworks in 2007.

In November 2009 Fox was shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, held at the Photographers Gallery, London,[1] and the 2012 Pilar Citoler Prize.[3] In 2019, Fox was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

The critic Sean O'Hagan, reviewing Resort 1 - Butlin's Bognor Regis in The Guardian, said "Her work often hones in on the particular to suggest the universal, such as her series The Village (1991–1993), in which rural England becomes a pastiche of itself even as the individual lives glimpsed therein seem vividly real."[6]

David Chandler, in his essay Vile Boodies, in the book Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007, said Fox is "widely regarded as an important part of what might be called the 'second wave' of British colour documentary photography" and that she "helped form its particular style of combative, highly charged use of flash and colour".[2]


Publications by Fox

  • Work Stations: Office Life in London Photographed by Anna Fox. Camerawork, 1988. ISBN 978-1871103007.
  • Street Dreams: Indian Vernacular Studio Photographs. Booth-Clibborn, 1997. ISBN 978-1861540713. Edited by Val Williams.
  • Cockroach Diary. Shoreditch Biennale, 2000. ISBN 978-0953319923.
  • Zwarte Piet. London: Black Dog, 2001. ISBN 978-1901033861.
  • Made in Europe. Milton Keynes Gallery, 2001-2003. Five small paperbacks. Made in Milton Keynes 2001, ISBN 0-9536755-5-6. Made in Gothenburg 2002, ISBN 0-9542029-2-9. Made in Kaunas 2002, ISBN 0-9542029-1-0. Made in Florence 2003, ISBN 0-9542029-5-3. Made in Los Cristianos 2003, ISBN 0-9542029-4-5. Photographs and texts made by teenagers in five European cities.
  • Resort 1 - Butlin's Bognor Regis. Amsterdam: Schilt, 2013. ISBN 978-9053308035. Text by Stephen Bull.
  • Portraits from an Island. Newsprint catalogue with essay, 2015

Other publications

  • Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007. By Val Williams. Brighton: Photoworks, 2007. ISBN 978-1903796221. With texts by David Chandler, Val Williams, Jason Evans and Mieke Bal.
  • Basics Creative Photography 03: Behind the Image: Research in Photography. London: AVA, 2012. ISBN 978-2940411665. With Natasha Caruana.
  • Langford's Basic Photography: The guide for serious photographers. By Michael Langford, Fox, and Richard Sawdon Smith.
    • Waltham, MA: Focal Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0415718912. Tenth edition.

Exhibitions (selected)



  1. ^ a b c Beyfus, Drusilla (31 January 2010). "Anna Fox: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Val (2005). Anna Fox Photographs 1983-2007. Brighton, England: Photoworks. p. 17. ISBN 978-1903796221. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Anna Fox". The Photography Show 2017. Archived from the original on 17 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Anna Fox: Resort 1", Hotshoe. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Hello campers! Butlins in technicolour – in pictures". The Guardian. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b O'Hagan, Sean (8 November 2013). "The height of camp: kitsch, colour and casualwear at Butlins". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  7. ^ "In pictures: Resort by Anna Fox". BBC News. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Professor Anna Fox", University for the Creative Arts. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ "[1] Archived 2014-07-22 at the Wayback Machine", Photographers' Gallery. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Anna Fox – Cockroach Diary and Other Stories". Ffotogallery. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Anna Fox: Resort Archived September 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine", Pallant House Gallery. Accessed 3 December 2014.
  12. ^ Jacques, Adam (31 July 2011). "Portfolio: Anna Fox". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Royal Photographic Society announces its 2019 award winners". British Journal of Photography. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.

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