Lives less ordinary: Jane England’s Turn And Face The Strange documents 70s cultural and social churn
Jane England’s Turn And Face The Strange is a valuable addition to the documentation of the social and cultural churn occurring at the edges of society in the 1970s.
England, a prominent gallerist whose spaces in Notting Hill and central London have showcased the work of many important visual artists, arrived in London from Australia in the early part of that decade, having graduated in art history at Melbourne University.
She studied photography and shot editorial and fashion for the likes of The Sunday Times Magazine; many of the images in her book are of friends, casual acquaintances and fellow travellers.
And England has provided notes and memories of these individuals, illuminating their common pursuit of lives less ordinary.
With many of the individuals gone and the areas of London and Melbourne they inhabited given way to gentrification, Turn And Face The Strange represents an elegy to times passed.
Adrian Dannatt provides a scene-setting introduction to England’s book, which is published by Black Dog and available here.