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Yan Morvan – Anarchy in the United Kingdom, London: 1979-1981


In power in Britain since May 4th, 1979, Margaret Thatcher began to “modernize” her country. The conflict in Northern Ireland and poverty are the two scourges she will try to stop.

Bobby Sands, Northern Ireland, goes on a hunger strike on March 1, 1981. London and its periphery are rife with racial riots in Brixton, skinheads and punks express the malaise of a population in misery … The marriage of the young Lady Di and Prince Charles is the stroke of com ‘that must make people forget their suffering.

The ultra-liberal policies of Thatcher, Reagan and the Mitterrand of 1983 will lead to the disappearance of the middle classes, causing the disruption of the European model.

These London photographs from 1979 and 1981 are reminiscent of a vibrant, rebellious and creative society. The crazy years and bubbling youth of the old world soon disappeared.


Yan Morvan – Anarchie au Royaume-Uni, Londres : 1979-1981
Festival Photographique l’Œil Urbain
April 5 – May 19

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