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Visible Girls: Portraits of the Female Underground

Anita Corbin has based her photography career on women. In 1980, she began a portrait series called Visible Girls, where she photographed double portraits of young women involved in various UK subcultures – rockabillies, mods, rude girls, skinheads, punks, rastas and women’s lib activists. The portraits capture a very special era and are so important today because they remind us that women have always been at the root of cultural movements, despite the fact that their presence is often erased by time and history. The world we live in celebrates men’s achievements and innovations, but ignores or trivializes the involvement of women, in the underground as well as in the mainstream. Even in 2014, I continually meet people who seem surprised that I’m a co-owner/editor of CVLT Nation, and that it’s not just Sean’s thing; it’s crossed my mind many times that when people remember this publication in the future, they might remember it as Sean’s – with a little help from his wife. What I’m trying to say is I feel a kinship with the women in these portraits, and I think that they laid a foundation for what I am doing today.

Corbin is now working on a project called First Women, a 100-portrait series of women who were recognized as first in their achievements, and Visible Girls has been re-examined as a part of that. The women she photographed for this series will be revisited and made a part of a documentary for the First Women exhibition, set to happen in 2018, the 100th anniversary of the women’s vote in the UK. Check out these awesome portraits below, and if you recognize anyone please email Corbin here.

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via Dangerous Minds

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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