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Mark Fell and Luke Fowler’s To the Editor of Amateur Photographer

Mark Fell and Luke Fowler, To the Editor of Amateur Photographer, 2014, digital video, color, sound, 69 minutes. Archival photograph of the Pavilion, Leeds, UK.

THERE IS A STRANGE IRONY in an institution like New York’s Museum of Modern Art presenting Mark Fell and Luke Fowler’s film To the Editor of Amateur Photographer (2014), as indeed MoMA did this past November under the auspices of its Modern Mondays series. For the Pavilion, the feminist photography gallery and arts organization in Leeds, UK, that constitutes the subject of this 16-mm film essay, couldn’t be more different from New York’s bastion of dominant culture.

The Pavilion, which began as a grassroots feminist collective, was founded in 1983, at the tail end of what we think of as the organized women’s liberation movement and early in Margaret Thatcher’s second term as prime minister. For the photographers, art historians, feminist organizers, and radical educators of the collective’s early years, their endeavor belonged to a broader political critique of culture wherein

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