Anna White was the Spender Scholar in 2010-2011. She used a range of photographic techniques during the year inspired by Humphrey Spender’s photographs of life in the town. As society’s views have changed quite a lot on how acceptable it is to photograph people undercover and without consent Anna used a collaborative approach.This included setting up a pop up studio in the town to make portraits of modern day Boltonians.
Anna also worked with the local Embroidery Guild who embellished photos printed on to fabric. I’ll try and get some images of these from her to share on here. You can view the rest of her work on her website, and also some photographs taken during a visit to Rachel Spender, Humphrey’s widow, which show the creative detritus of his studio, including contact sheets from the Worktown negatives.