Having recently graduated from her MA at London College of Communicatons, photographer Bronia Stewart’s first exhibition as part of Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery documents the nine months she spent shooting adult television channel and phone sex-line workers at London-based Babestation.
Her images might be NSFW, but don’t mistake the nudity in them for grubby, voyeuristic lust; themes of aspiration and ambition underpin Bronia’s photography, as she focuses on the positive and sociable atmosphere behind the scenes in the studio. She somehow manages to portray the relationships between the women and the producers they work with as affectionate, playful and very much unthreatening, while simultaneously nudging her viewer into a debate about how the media encourages the sexualisation of women, in order to get ahead in a male-dominated work environment. A very brilliant first instalment indeed.
Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed runs at The Photographers’ Gallery until July 21.
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