Spitting Image. Margaret Thatcher and the Golden Age of Political Satire

The 1980s under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher was one of the most divisive decades in twentieth centruy British history. A decade of enormous cultural, social, political and economic change, this was the context in which many of the greatest British photographers of the last half century established their practice and developed forms of subject documentary photography to address a society in flux. It was an age of powerful political satire from the puppets of Spitting Image to the pages of Private Eye. The Hyman Collection includes several of the actual, large puppets used in the television series depicting Margaret Thatcher, her husband Denis, and leading politcal figures of the day. Similarly in photography of the period there is a range of responses from the analytical and empathic to the more ironic and even satirical.