Lowry and the local Manchester landscape

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I was delighted to be approached by the Paul Mellon Centre in London earlier in the year to locate and shoot 5 locations in Manchester that had been painted or observed by the local artists LS Lowry.

The article written by Anne M. Wagner, explores a number of drawing Lowry made and exhibited in the 1930s of the area known as Ancoats. At that time a particularly notorious (and visually grim) Manchester slum. The challenge was to locate the 5 areas and photograph what now stood in their place.

Even though Ancoats in a hugely popular and regenerated artisan area, there are still pockets that have almost been forgotten. Working through the list of locations there were just 3 that remained. Although one was just a wall with an engraved stone telling the reader what the site used to be.

The locations included:

  • Junction St, Stony Brown, now Jutland St.
  • The listed Church of All Souls, Every Street, which appears in the background of a Lowry drawing
  • Every Street Settlement – I was asked to shoot the new building in Droyslden as well
  • The canal viaduct on Store Street

Working to try and match the perspective Lowry drew I was able to capture these areas in glorious digital colour – I do wonder what he would make of the area and the images should be still be alive today.

A fantastic project and I am truly proud to have been a part of it, especially as my home city is Manchester.

You can read the full article here


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