Toxteth Kids, Liverpool, 1990s.

Liverpool, 1990s | Photographs by Alex Hurst

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Alex Hurst is a documentary and portrait photographer from Liverpool and has been active since the mid 1990s. Her photographs illuminate the profundity in the mundane and the magic in the everyday.

Pam's Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1990s.
Broadway Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1998.

Photo © Alex Hurst.

Social Documentary Photography

Alex “I have always been a very people orientated person and I became interested in photography from a young age, so social documentary was a way of combining both of those interests. I’d spend my days as a teenager wandering around the city and its surrounding area looking for people to photograph. In retrospect, I must have looked mad as from 1996 I was walking around taking pictures while pushing my daughter around in her buggy! When I look back at the photographs I took during this period, I feel that they have become more meaningful with the passage of time. Many areas of 1990’s Liverpool are no longer recognisable; capturing these fleeting moments provides us with a time capsule that keeps us in touch with times and places that are long gone.” 

Bold Street Market, Liverpool, 1990s.
The old fruit market on Bold Street, 1999.

Photo © Alex Hurst.

It was also in the mid ‘90s while studying photography that she began doing promo for some Liverpool bands and soon after her work was being published in music magazines. This eventually led to her doing work for several record companies. 

Mick Rock

“In my late twenties I felt I should advance my technical skills, so I worked as a photographer’s assistant for many years while still doing my own work. I learned a hell of a lot when I assisted and I got to work with some amazing photographers. The first person I ever assisted was Mick Rock on a shoot for the band Ladytron in 2005. My assisting days were invaluable to me and it was a really happy, exciting time.” 

Dock Road, Liverpool, 1990s.
Dock Road, Liverpool, 1990s.

Photo © Alex Hurst.

Film and Television

Since 2008 Alex has been working mainly from her studio in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and in 2021 expanded into working in film and television as a portrait and unit stills photographer. She continues to document Liverpool life. 

Gallery

Toxteth, Liverpool, 1990s.
Toxteth Kids, 1995.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Boy playing football. Toxteth, 1990s.
Boy Playing Football. Toxteth, 1995.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Girls in Toxteth, 1990s.
Girls in Toxteth, 1990s.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Toxteth Kids, Liverpool, 1990s.
Toxteth Kids, 1995.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Toxteth Kids, 1990s.
Toxteth Kids, 1995.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Phone Boxes in Liverpool, 1990s.
Phone Boxes, Liverpool, 1990s.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
The Chippy in The Strand, Liverpool, 1990s.
The Chippy in The Strand, 1998.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Cafe Tabac. Liverpool, 1990s.
Cafe Tabac. Liverpool, 1998.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Pam's Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1990s.
Pam's Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1998.

Photo © Alex Hurst.
Pam's Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1990s.
Pam's Hairdressers. Liverpool, 1998.

Photo © Alex Hurst.

All Photos © Alex Hurst, all rights reserved.

Liverpool, 1990s | Photographs by Alex Hurst

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