by Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 25 April 2014

In Service is a project by talented London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, which looks back on the Edwardian era in Britain. ‘Over one million men and women found employment as servants in the homes of rich people’, explains Fullerton-Batten on her website, ‘and nearly half of all employed women worked as servants in one capacity or another. Going into service was for them an escape from penury and starvation’.

There might have been an escape for women going into service, but the photographer also comments that there was ‘exploitation and abuse, some of it sexual in nature’. You’ll see what she means in her photo collection; it’s an eye-opener of the true happenings in early 20th century London.

Via Vaughan Hannigan