Photography department tickled pink by talk

Published: 21 November 2017 at 13:39

Cover image of the book My Favourite Colour Was Yellow

My Favourite Colour Was Yellow photographer Kirsty Mackay to visit Anglia Ruskin

British social documentary and portrait photographer Kirsty Mackay will deliver a free public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Monday 27 November.

Kirsty’s first book My Favourite Colour Was Yellow, was a project documenting the prevalence of the colour pink amongst young girls in the UK.

Her latest work in progress is The Fish That Never Swam. Working with a group of people in Glasgow, including her family members, she is exploring her own roots whilst looking at the real reasons behind the Glasgow effect.

Kirsty’s work has been published widely including in Time magazine, The Observer and Le Monde, and she was shortlisted for the UNICEF Photo of the Year prize 2016.

Before the lecture, which is organised by Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Photography, Kirsty will spend the afternoon meeting and conducting portfolio reviews with third-year BA (Hons) Photography students.

Kerstin Hacker, Head of Photography at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“I have been observing Kirsty Mackay’s career for many years and I am a huge fan of her work. 

“Her images in My Favourite Colour Was Yellow tell an important story of commercialised childhoods and the peer pressure many young girls are living with. The book is beautifully photographed and underpinned by solid research. I am delighted that Kirsty is able to deliver this public lecture.”

Tickets for the 27 November event, which is free and open to the public, can be booked at