To the Editor of Amateur Photographer

  • 68'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2014
The Pavilion in Leeds, founded in 1983, was the first feminist photographers’ collective in Europe. Filmmakers Luke Fowler and Mark Fell evoke the often controversial history of the gallery in their impressionistic journey through archive material, minutes, newspaper articles, talk shows and personal recollections.
Photographers such as Angela Kingston and Caroline Taylor each choose a favourite photo characteristic of that turbulent period. In so doing, they look back together at the radical shift that took place in photography, with The Pavilion upending the dominant culture of patriarchal images in an era alive with social, political and economic change.
At the same time, they recognise that evoking an activist past can be associated with romanticisation and distortion, which is accentuated by a pulsing analogue soundtrack. Lack of funds was a recurrent problem for The Pavilion. But the conviction that feminists could bring about change through a collective effort was not affected by these financial concerns. See also Depositions in compilation programme The Dragon is the Frame.
Directors
Luke Fowler, Mark Fell
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
68'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
William Rose
Production Company
Pavilion
Sales
LUX
Cinematography
Margaret Salmon, Luke Fowler
Editor
Luke Fowler
Sound Design
Mark Fell
Music
Mark Fell, Luke Fowler