Acc No2008_ACC1
TitleTessa Boffin Archive
DescriptionThis collection contains:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and other photography projects, including portrayal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), cross dressing and safe sex,

Photography inspiration books with notes on television and radio productions of the 1980s, including portrayal on feminism and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Student coursework and notes

Technical photography instruction books

Personal items including photographs and correspondence

Miscellaneous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and photography articles and leaflets

Lecture and research notes and reprints


Slide collection of her and other photographers' work

Postcards and images for teaching purposes

Career notes


Tessa Boffin is referenced in the book Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures, edited by Peter Horne and Reina Lewis in 'Dyke! Fag! Centurion! Whore! an appreciation of Tessa Boffin by Cherry Smyth.

Located at UCA Farnham.
Related MaterialBooks about and by Tessa Boffin include:

Boffin, Tessa and Gupta Sunil (ed) 1990: Ecstatic Antibodies: Resisting the Aids mythology. Rivers Oram Press
Boffin, Tessa and Fraser, Jean (ed) 1991: Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs. Pandora Press
Smyth, Cherry 1996: 'Dyke! Fag! Centurion! Whore! an appreciation of Tessa Boffin' in Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures, edited by Peter Horne and Reina Lewis. Routledge
The Tessa Boffin personal library is accessible on the Library catalogue


Extent28 boxes
LocationFarnham Campus
AccessConditionsContact: to make an appointment
AdminHistoryTessa Boffin was born 24 December 1960. She was a lesbian photographer, writer, editor, and performance artist. Her work was at the front-line of international queer culture and politics. She initially studied photography in the mid 1980s at the Polytechnic of Central London, under the tutorship of Simon Watney. She undertook an MA in Critical Theory at the University of Sussex in 1987-1988.

Her teaching was as a part time photography lecturer at Adult Education, London from 1986 to 1987, worked at Oxford Polytechnic,1987 and 1989, worked at West Surrey College of Art and Design from 1988, Polytechnic of Central London, 1990, Kent institute of Art and Design from 1990

Tessa Boffin's work was sex and sexual fantasy, and explored lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender issues. She edited Ecstatic Antibodies: Resisting the AIDS mythology in 1990 with Sunil Gupta, and co-curated the exhibition, which contributed to understanding of the role images played in the AIDS crisis, and in 1991 edited Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs, with Jean Fraser, which is contemporary lesbian photography. She was the first British lesbian doing political work around AIDS as early as 1985.

She died on 27th October 1993, while working as a lecturer at the Kent Institute for Art and Design

Show related Persons records.

DS/UK/3Kent Institute of Art and Design; 1987-20051987-2005
DS/UK/18Boffin; Tessa (1960-1993); Photographer1960-1993
NA1Maidstone/Kent/United Kingdom
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