Blair, John Prescott, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw and David Blunkett
are a few of the subjects in Phil Maxwell's latest exhibition
COMRADES. Using his extensive archive of Labour politicians
Phil examines the broad sweep of New Labour with a critical
and humorous eye. Comrades takes the viewer into the heart of
the New Labour camp examining personality, policy, ego and ambition
whilst allowing us a candid view of the relationship between
key members of the Cabinet.
says, "putting a camera in front of politicians is a bit
like giving candy floss to children. However, taking photos
of politicians can be frustrating because the managed photo
opportunity is a bit like a visit to a wax works at night managed
by Alistair Campbell."
images have not come out of Millbank and have a candour that
will surprise the viewer and add a new dynamic to political
satire. Comrades explodes the spin around New Labour and compares
what the politicians said with what they actually did.
researched Comrades takes the Cabinet into the real world and
provides a candid and refreshing look at our Westminster rulers.
Using a range of different techniques the exhibition will be
of particular interest to those interested in pushing the boundaries
of both 'traditional' and digital technologies.
will ensure that the underserving rich, the real benificiaries
of the something-for-nothing society, put something
back into society." Gordon
Brown, Labour Party Press Release, September 1994.