28 Pictures Of Women From London's Lost '80s Subcultures
Anita Corbin spent 1980 and 1981 photographing women in London – she's now trying to find out where they are.
Lynne and Penny at home in Kingston, March 1981 (left). And trenchcoat owners, Oxford Street, February 1981.
This collection of photos, Visible Girls by Anita Corbin, is a study of youth tribes in the capital in 1980 and 1981 and is a fascinating glimpse into how subcultures show their own identity.
Marlise and Noelle, on a march for International Women's Day, 1981.
Charlotte and Tessa, at home in Highgate, North London, April 1981.
Simeon and Simeon, at the Orchard Youth Club, Slough, March 1981.
Pat and Karen, at the Orchard Youth Club, Slough, March 1981.
Judith and Janice, at the Orchard Youth Club, Slough, March 1981.
In this project I turned my attention to more personal visual details and I became increasingly interested in the effect appearences have on everybody's lives.The way we use dress as a means of communication/identification and how it can both inform and misinform us.I have chosen to focus on girls, not the boys (where present) were any less stlyish, but because girls in "subcultures" have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages.
Charmine and Janice, at the Orchard Youth Club, Slough, March 1981.
Anne and Penny, at the Market Tavern, Vauxhall, February 1981 (left). And Nicole and Carol, at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill Gate, April 1981.
Two mod girls, Oxford Street, March 1981.
Laura and Janet, South London Rosettes, April 1981.
Di and Lee, at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill Gate, April 1981.
Rosalee and Deborah, at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill Gate, April 1981.
Quasi and Squasher, at the Royalty, Southgate, March 1981 (left). Kate and Friend, at the Royalty, Southgate, March 1981.
Lucy and Fiona, at Shades, Manor House, March 1981 (left). Titch and Sylvia at home in Sudbury, March 1981.
Rockabilly girls, at Shades, Manor House, February 1981.
Debbie and Mandy, McDonalds, Crystal Palace, November 1980 (left). Karyn and Sarah, at the British Museum, March 1981.
Kath and Em, at home in Putney, October 1980.
Carrie and Jill, outside the ladies' in Crystal Palace, November 1980.
Shelley and DI, The White Swan, Crystal Palace, November 1980.
Susan and Linda, outside Southgate tube station, February 1981.
Ann and Charlotte, at home in Southfields, November 1980.
Jill and friend, the Blitz Nightclub, Covent Garden, December 1980.
At the Marquee club, December 1980.
So, are you any of the women in these pictures? Do you know someone who is?
If so email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to 1stwomenuk.org for more info.
This collection inspired Anita to launch First Women – a collection of 100 portraits of women who were "first in their field of achievement", due to launch as a travelling exhibition in 2018.