Photos of East Manchester, 2000s | Anne Worthington

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Anne Worthington grew up in Blackpool in the North West of England then moved to Manchester. While living in the area of Hulme, she became part of the mix of artists, ex-students and squatters who had made the partly abandoned blocks of flats their own. She was part of a collective that produced large-scale performances. It was during this time that she first picked up a camera and took photographs of the area as it was being demolished, marking the end of an era of squat culture.

Documentary Photography

Anne went on to become a documentary photographer, working around the country in an old Land Rover, and over the next twenty years, produced a body of work that showed conditions of housing and the effects of the social and economic changes that had begun in the 1980’s.

Council Not Welcome Here. Beswick, 2001.
Council Not Welcome Here. Beswick, Manchester, 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.

Community

The photographs show the inner city communities of Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw – areas of East Manchester that had fallen into decline. They capture the last days of these industrial areas, before and during the demolition that made way for new housing and businesses. She focused on the daily lives of people who lived there, and how they worked to keep their community together when so many institutions had fallen away.

Dolly and the kids. Chariot St. Openshaw 2002.
Dolly and the kids. Chariot St. Openshaw 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.

Anne likes to work closely with people over extended periods of time showing the ways in which they survive and overcome. She is also a writer.

Gallery

Photo of Clayton, Manchester, 2000.
Clayton, Manchester, 2000. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Walkway kids. Penfair Close, Beswick, 2001.
Walkway kids. Penfair Close, Beswick, 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Walkway kids. Grey Mare Lane, Beswick, 2001.
Walkway kids. Grey Mare Lane, Beswick, 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Poplar St Shop. Beswick 2001.
Poplar St Shop. Beswick 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Beswick 4 Life. Tanker + Jamo. Beswick, 2002.
Beswick 4 Life. Tanker + Jamo. Beswick, 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Photo of Kim and her pet rat. Openshaw, 2002.
Kim and her pet rat. Openshaw, 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Denise, Becky and Kipper. Openshaw, 2002.
Denise, Becky and Kipper. Openshaw, 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Kipper, 2002.
Kipper and baby Callum on trials bikes. Eastern By Pass, Openshaw, 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Becky with the kids. Openshaw, Manchester, 2002.
Becky with the kids. Openshaw, Manchester, 2002. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Photo of Clayton, Manchester, 2000.
Clayton, Manchester, 2000. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Heather St, Clayton 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Hopedale Close Kids. Beswick, 2001.
Hopedale Close Kids. Beswick, 2001. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Photo of The Derby Arms, Clayton 2002 Saturday Card Game
The Derby Arms, Clayton 2002 Saturday Card Game. Photo © Anne Worthington.
Photo of The Derby Arms, Clayton 2002 Saturday Card Game
The Derby Arms, Clayton 2002 Saturday Card Game. Photo © Anne Worthington.

All Photos © Anne Worthington.

Exhibition

We’ll be featuring a selection of Anne’s work above at our next exhibition A Woman’s Work. Date to be confirmed.

You can see more of Anne’s work on her Instagram page

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