Spring 2018

Industrial light

Philip Sayer’s photography for Management Today in the 1980s and 90s forged a vivid connection between workers, managers and their companies

In the 1980s and 90s, the monthly British business magazine Management Today, art directed by Swiss designer Roland Schenk, took an idiosyncratic approach to photography for the world of commerce.

Schenk commissioned photographers such as Brian Griffin, John Claridge, Paul Constant, John Ellard and Philip Sayer to create resonant images for its features and covers. The typical subject matter was managers, their companies, and workers on the shop floor.


Cover of Management Today, May 1983. The photo shows a worker at NEI, the Tyneside manufacturer of power turbines. Top. Portrait of a worker at Sinclair Research in Cambridge, UK, early 1980s. This image accompanied an interview with the company’s founder, Clive Sinclair, then launching the ZX80, the first personal computer priced under £100.


Andrew Robertson, writer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


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