The People's City | The Refuge, Manchester 2020 - 2021.

“Britain is a cultural melting pot influenced by other nations. We take a look back at everyday life growing up in our towns and communities. The music, fashion, politics and passions that defined and united us through good times and bad times.” Paul Wright – founder (British Culture Archive/The People’s Archive)

The exhibition will include a selection of work from our featured photographers below.

Temperance Club at The Haçienda, 1991.
Temperance Club at The Haçienda, 1990. Photo © Peter J Walsh.

Peter J Walsh

Peter was immersed in Manchester’s club scene and was one of few who documented the UK’s Acid House explosion in the city. As well as his iconic images of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub Peter also captured the spirit of the era as well as the faces, bands and fashions that graced the city during those pivotal years.

The PSV Caribbean Club in Hulme
The PSV Club/Charles Barry Crescent. Hulme, 1990. Photo © Richard Davis.

Richard Davis

Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme in the late 80s and early 90s. Built after the slum clearances of the 1960s, Hulme was a concrete utopia made up of walkways, maisonettes, shops and a library. The area was dominated by the four brutalist crescents named after the architects Robert Adam, Charles Barry, John Nash and William Kent.

Rob Bremner Kwik Save Bags Print. Liverpool, 1980s
Johnny and Pat. Vauxhall, Liverpool, 1987. Photo © Rob Bremner.

Rob Bremner

Rob Bremner is a British social and documentary photographer born in Wick, Scotland.

Leaving Scotland to study in Wallasey, Rob became acquainted with celebrated photographer’s Tom Wood (who was teaching at his college) and Martin Parr, who lived nearby. He would help out in Tom’s darkroom and spend his weekends following Tom and Martin around the faded resort of New Brighton as they documented the area.

Rob was later accepted on to David Hurn’s School of Documentary Photography in Newport. It was around this time he started to photograph the Everton and Vauxhall areas of Liverpool, then the third most deprived area of Britain with the highest rate of arson in Europe.

Rob Bremner’s photos captured the mood of these times, but also the everyday life, friendly faces and local characters who were proud of their city and the communities they belonged to.