Photography

In Service photos by Julia Fullerton-Batten look back on Britain’s Edwardian era

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

Julia Fullerton-Batten captures a service worker standing in an opulent bedroom by his employer
Julia Fullerton-Batten captures a wealthy home owner standing in her front foyer with service workers around
Julia Fullerton-Batten captures a service worker being stroked by her employer
Julia Fullerton-Batten captures a service worker nursing her employer's baby

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