The Manchester Project

2 Dec

Mark Page Photography

Two interesting pieces of work worth noting coming out of the Manchester Photography stable this week.

Originally started back in 1999 ‘The Manchester Project‘ is photographer Mark Page’s ongoing personal portrait of a Northern English post-industrial city that has just gone live on his site here.

It seems to me that the story of these images is a commentary on the gap between what we’re told to be and what we are – particularly looking at those huge numbers of Mancunians whose social norms are undermined in the public facing presentation of the city – real people ignored for not fitting in to a gentrified vision of the city.

Its in this gap, between the aspirational marketing of corporate hegemony that Manchester has eagerly embraced and the reality of a Britain that ended up been forgotten in the recently passed boom years, that Page’s work always skilfully shines a light and starts to take on importance beyond the boundaries of the M60.

For more of Page’s ever so slightly tongue in cheek view of aspirational Britain head down to The Whitworth on December 17th where the Meatyard Arts projection night will feature images from his Semi-Detached project that similarly dissects forgotten British realities, this time at a more specific point on the social spectrum, by focussing in on the world of Englishman’s castles that are joined by one wall to someone else’s castle.

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