Paul Elsam | New Brighton and Liscard, 1980
Documentary Photography taken in New Brighton and Liscard on the Wirral in 1980 by photographer Paul Elsam.

This series comprises my New Brighton photos. These pre-date Martin Parr’s famous series by several years - I took these around 1980, just before I moved to Manchester to study at the Poly. This is a different New Brighton from the one photographed and displayed by Parr. I’m keen to avoid too much ‘compare and contrast’ - I shot my photos years before he shot his - but I would say that as a local (I was born in New Brighton, and grew up in childrens homes and foster care there), I was photographing people and places I cared about, including family. As you’ll see there’s a mix of colour and b/w. Two of the images are titled ‘Liscard’, which is a mile or so inland from the seafront. They show locals ‘doing their everyday thing’ a short distance away from the Mersey.
New Brighton, 1980.
New Brighton, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton, 1980.
New Brighton, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton, 1980.
New Brighton, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton Train Station, 1980.
New Brighton Train Station, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton Train Station, 1980.
New Brighton Train Station, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton Promenade, 1980.
New Brighton Promenade, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
New Brighton, 1980.
New Brighton, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
Liscard Road Shops, 1980.
Liscard Road Shops, Liscard, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.
Liscard Park, 1980.
Liscard Park, Liscard, 1980.

Photo © Paul Elsam.

All Photographs © Paul Elsam, all rights reserved. 

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