Karen Knorr’s Belgravia describes, through images and accompanying quotes, class and power amongst the international and wealthy during the beginning of Thatcherism in London.
Produced between 1979 and 1981 the images are now available for the first time in an artists monograph. Measuring a decadent 35 x 28 cm, printed on heavy luxe paper stock and housed in a PVC jacket, the work describes the ‘everyday’ of a privileged minority.
Knorr says “Belgravia is a cosmopolitan and rich neighbourhood in London near Harrods in Knightsbridge with many non-domiciled residents. My parents lived in Belgravia and the second image of the series is a photograph of my mother and grandmother in the front room of our “maisonette” on Lowndes Square. Yet the photographs are not about individuals but about a group of people and their ideas during a particular time in history. They are “non-portraits” in that they do not aim to flatter or to show the “truth” of these people. People are not named and remain anonymous.” (from the publisher, STANLEY/BARKER)