Anna Fox (b.1961) is one of the most acclaimed British photographers of the last thirty years and is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, where she currently holds a Leverhulme International Networks Grant for the project - Fast Forward Women in Photography. Fox’s solo shows have been seen at Photographer’s Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago amongst others and her work has been included in International group shows including Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde at Tate Liverpool; How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.
Country Girls Is a series of highly charged, colour photographs narrating dark tales that grew out of a concern for the problem violence against women in the rural South of England. Anna and the model/subject (singer/artist Alison Goldfrapp) worked collaboratively through performance and improvisation, styling and ultimately photography to create a series of seductive, fictional images, responding to their own experiences of growing up in the countryside in the late 1970s. Both of them, fascinated by the gruesome story of the murder of Fanny Adams in their own home town in the 1860’s. Fanny was chopped into pieces by her murderer (who was a simple bank clerk) while she was out playing in the local meadow. Her life was short and she was only 8 years old when she died. Most extraordinary to this terrible tale is the fact that the Royal Navy brought out tinned meat around the same time as her death, and the sailors who hated the meat began to call it Sweet Fanny Adams (i.e. worthless bits). This term Sweet Fanny Adams has stuck in British parlance and is now you could say, for example, that you were doing “Sweet FA” meaning that you are doing absolutely nothing.