Al Baker | Hulme, Manchester, 1990s-2000s
Al Baker photographed his surroundings as a resident of Hulme, Manchester from the early 1990s. He documented life in the inner city district that had been left to decline by the city council. It was a diverse community, not without trouble and crime - however it was also a haven for squatters, punks and creatives who took advantage of cheap (free) accommodation and a community that embraced a free party spirit. Al captured the last days of the brutalist crescents and high rise walkways as they were eventually demolished to make way for modern housing. 
Joyride. Newbold Close, Hulme, 1994. 1
Joyride. Newbold Close, Hulme, 1994.
Photo © Al Baker.
Bonsall Street Walkway. Hulme, 1996. 28
Bonsall Street Walkway. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Sir Henry Royce. Hulme, 1996. 27
Sir Henry Royce. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
New Vine Street. Hulme, 2001. 26
New Vine Street. Hulme, 2001.
Photo © Al Baker.
Rockdove Avenue. Hulme, 1996. 25
Rockdove Avenue. Hulme, 1996..
Photo © Al Baker.
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996. 24
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Otterburn Close. Hulme, 1996. 23
Otterburn Close. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Stairwell. Otterburn Close, Hulme, 1996. 22
Stairwell. Otterburn Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Hodder Square, Hulme, 1996. 21
Hodder Square, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996. 20
Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996. 19
Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Salter Square, Hulme, 1993. 18
Salter Square, Hulme, 1993.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Sally Green. Hulme, 1996. 17
The Sally Green. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Dog Bar. Otterburn Close, Hulme, 1996. 16
Dog Bar. Otterburn Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996. 15
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Desert Storm DJ, Smear 2 Graffiti Jam 14
Desert Storm DJ, Smear 2 Graffiti Jam.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Ambience Ambulance. Punx Picnic, Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996. 13
The Ambience Ambulance. Punx Picnic, Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Smear 3 Grafitti Jam. Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996. 12
Smear 3 Grafitti Jam. Stonyhurst Close, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996. 11
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996. 10
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996. 9
Punx Picnic. Settle Walk, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Smear 2 Graffiti Jam. Bonsall Street, Hulme, 1996. 8
Smear 2 Graffiti Jam. Bonsall Street, Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Stonyhurst Close. Hulme, 1996. 7
Stonyhurst Close. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
Smear 3 Graffiti Jam. Hulme, 1996. 6
Smear 3 Graffiti Jam. Hulme, 1996.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Salutation. Hulme, 1997. 5
The Salutation. Hulme, 1997.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Salutation. Hulme, 1997. 4
The Salutation. Hulme, 1997.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Junction Hotel. Hulme, 1997. 3
The Junction Hotel. Hulme, 1997.
Photo © Al Baker.
The Final Year. RIP.
Hulme The Final Year. RIP.
Photo © Al Baker.
Stretford Road, Hulme, 1997. 2
Stretford Road, Hulme, 1997.
Photo © Al Baker.
Demolition of The PSV/Russell Club, Hulme, 2001. 1
Demolition of The PSV/Russell Club, Hulme, 2001.
Photo © Al Baker.

All images © Al Baker, all rights reserved.

Aside from his images of Hulme, Al has documented Manchester’s underground music scene for many years. You can see a selection of his archive on his website and Facebook page.

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