Shining Lights stands as a pioneering critical anthology that spotlights the influential contributions of Black women photographers in the UK during the transformative years of the 1980s and 1990s. Among the remarkable photographers featured is Eileen Perrier, whose innovative work during this period is a testament to the diversity and creativity that defined the era.
Perrier’s oeuvre, along with her peers, spans a range of practices from documentary to conceptual art, embracing experimental techniques such as photomontage, self-portraiture, staged imagery, and interdisciplinary approaches that combined photography with other forms of media.
This richly illustrated publication delves into the sociopolitical and cultural tapestry of Britain at the time, drawing from the photographers’ lived experiences and historical insights. “Shining Lights” not only highlights their community engagements, collaborations, and the complexities they navigated but also brings to light the experimental and groundbreaking work that has been overlooked in photographic history.