About The Artist
Red Saunders is a professional photographer who combines his photographic practice with cultural, artistic, musical and political activism.
A former member of the 60’s underground theatre group CAST, he made his name with nearly two decades of work for the ground-breaking Sunday Times colour supplement, a relationship that ended with the Wapping dispute.
He was a founder member and activist with the Rock Against Racism campaign in the 70s. His work with major magazine commissions has taken him around the world.
An arson attack in 1994 destroyed his studio and life’s work and Red gradually moved into film making. Towards the end of the decade, a commission from Italian arts and architecture magazine Domus saw his return to photography.
After a five year spell of the large format ‘social’ landscape photography came to an end he decided to focus on more personal work, the idea of which had been formulating for several years… The Hidden Project.
Red Saunders’ work belongs to the long and honourable tradition of photo journalism that gives it its integrity, authority and authenticity. But that tradition, and Saunders’ work, has been transformed by events and by technology. With his plate camera, an object that would have looked at hoe on the battlefields of the American Civil War, he is as far from the world of YouTube digital image transmission as we are from horse-drawn carriages. His work has become something else: with its patience, and its materiality, it has taken on a painterly quality. In spite of itself, it has become art.
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum London
Red Saunders’ Hidden project is a most imaginative idea, allowing us to visualise the key moments in the long struggle of working people for democracy and social justice, a struggle the establishment has tried so hard to conceal from us.
Those who see these photographic representations will then be able to identify with past generations and gain confidence from the knowledge that they are part of a world-wide movement that has always existed and must be sustained.”