Kitty Tsui, from the cover of On Our Backs
1988, Jill Posener

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Jill Posener

Jill Posener was born in 1953 in Greenwich, London, and now lives in San Francisco. She trained as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; was the first female member of Gay Sweatshop, Britain's first gay professional theatre company; and wrote the company's first lesbian play, Any Woman Can, in 1974.

Since she took up photography, her work has been shown in over ten major exhibitions, including solo shows at London's Photographers Gallery, and has appeared in publications ranging from the Daily Mirror to the New York Times Book Review. Her work has also been commissioned as cover art for books by Dorothy Allison and Susie Bright.

Jill Posener is the founder and a partner of the publishing company Picture This. She was the photo editor for On Our Backs from 1988 to 1989, and has lectured at CalArts and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her two books of political graffiti photos, Louder than Words and Spray it Loud, together sold more than 35,000 copies.

Louder Than Words: A Retrospective, was exhibited at Levi Strauss corporate headquarters, San Francisco, June 1997. A scaled down version of the Levi's show was exhibited at Out North Art House, Anchorage, Alaska, October 1997.

Jill Posener is the co-editor of Nothing But The Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image which won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award in 1997.

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All text Tee A. Corinne.