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.