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Born in 1962, British Jamaican photographer Maxine Walker lives and works in Birmingham. Her photographs raise questions about the nature of identity, challenging racial stereotypes. She contests photography’s documentary ability by replicating specific photographic styles, such as in her early series Auntie Linda’s House (1987). Her Black Beauty series from the 1980s and her untitled series for the ‘Self Evident’ exhibition in 1995 both utilise self-portraiture.


Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.303-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.303-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.304-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.304-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Maxine Walker,  from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.305-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.305-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.306-2013.    © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.306-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.307-2013.    © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.307-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.308-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.308-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.309-2013.    © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker,from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.309-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.310-2013.    © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maxine Walker, from the series 'Untitled', 1995. Museum no. E.310-2013. © Maxine Walker / Autograph ABP/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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