‘Hidden’ by Red Saunders | Artist Talk 1 March 2017

Photographer Red Saunders, shortlisted for Young Masters Art Prize in 2014 will reveal the process involved in creating two large scale works part of his ‘Hidden‘ project during an artist talk hosted by The William Morris Gallery, on the 1st of March 2017, 7.30pm.

Find out how the two photographs displayed in front of the William Morris Gallery were made and why. Doors open 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm. Free. Booking recommended.


Red Saunders’ epic photographs reimagine decisive but overlooked events in Britain’s struggle for democracy and social justice. They celebrate the contributions of ordinary men and women who helped bring about change; the dissenters, revolutionaries, radicals and non-conformist who so often are hidden from history. They suggest photographic ‘evidence’ for events that occurred before the widespread adoption of camera technology. Each scene is carefully planned and lit, using costumed models in the style of tableaux vivants. These living pictures have their roots in medieval performance and feature a cast of characters representing themes from literature, art, history or everyday life.

A joint meeting by the Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop and the Friends of the William Morris Gallery.

Red Saunders, William Cuffay and the London Chartists, 1842

Red Saunders, William Cuffay and the London Chartists, 1842

Red Saunders trained as a photographer in the 1960s and had a long career until the late 1990s as a commercial photographer working for Rolling Stone, GQ, Time, Life and Conde Nast magazines. In 2000 he had a solo show Nearby at Pentagram Gallery, London, and continued to take commissions until 2006.  Recently he has shown in various exhibitions and group shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2014.

Red Saunders was shortlisted for Young Masters Art Prize in 2014. The Call For Artists for the 4th edition of the Young Masters Art Prize is open until 31 March 2017. Apply here: https://young-masters.co.uk/