A selection of Marina's published articles

These articles have been published in the Economist, Standpoint Magazine, Financial Times, MoneyWeek, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Observer and more

Financial Times: ‘Mirror – Untitled (2005)’

The photographer describes her work as ‘explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective’


©Hannah Starkey

Hannah Starkey’s new urban landscapes often contain people, but she rarely captures them interacting. Instead her photographs portray moments of lonely contemplation, the subjects absorbed in private reverie, staring into space, at a wall or another woman, or at themselves in a mirror — as in the photograph above, Mirror — Untitled (2015), which was taken in east London and features in an exhibition of her work at Maureen Paley.

Starkey was born in Belfast and has worked in commercial photography as well as the fine arts. Her interest in street photography is inspired by the 19th-century concept of the person who strolls around to observe society, the flâneur — or, rather, the flâneuse. Almost all of her subjects are women and she has described her work as “explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective”.

‘Hannah Starkey’ is at Maureen Paley, London E2, until January 24 2016; maureenpaley.com

Photograph: Hannah Starkey

This article was originally published in the Financial Times 27/11/15: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0cbdf41c-9391-11e5-bd82-c1fb87bef7af.html



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In a crowded London shop
An open book and empty cup 

On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

- Yeats

Always to shine,
to shine everywhere,
to the very deeps of the last days,
to shine—
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto—
and the sun’s!

- Mayakovsky

Can it pull extraordinary faces?
Is it usually sick on a swing?
Does it spend all its time at the races,
or fiddling with pieces of string?
Has it views of its own about money?
Does it think patriotism enough?
Are its stories vulgar but funny?
O tell me the truth about love.

- WH Auden

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