Last week I met up with Patricia Hartley, a lovely lady who got in touch with me recently as she has a graduation photograph of herself taken at Studio Alexander in 1958. This was the year when the studio was passed from Dorothy to Leslie Reece Hall who continued the studio for a number of years after. In fact recently we discovered that the studio continued to be passed on and is still running in Manchester in another location but under the same name!
Patricia was one of a handful of female graduates in the 1950’s, graduating in English and Psychology from The University of Manchester. A Mancunian born and bred Patricia returned to the University in 1975 to do another undergraduate degree, this time just in psychology. Patricia really has had an amazing career, going on to do a PHD at Salford Univeristy in Body Image in Anorexia Nervosa sufferers, Patricia then set up the Worlds First organisation to help anorexia sufferers. Originally called Anorexic Aid, the organisation is global, with Patricia winning two American awards for her achievements, and is currently known as b-eat. Now living in Didsbury it was was amazing to meet such an inspirational woman, and from my point of view it is really interesting to see how such a strong female photographer came into contact with such another forward thinking independent woman at this time.