Exclusive to the British Culture Archive as part of our 2020 exhibition ‘The People’s City’.
Hulme, Manchester, 1989 by Richard Davis.
A3 print on Fuji crystal archival paper.
Richard Davis is a British social documentary and portrait photographer born in Birmingham in 1965.
Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme, Manchester in the late 80s and early 90s. Built after the slum clearances of the 1960s, Hulme was made up of concrete walkways and maisonettes, housing it’s own shops and a library. The area was dominated by the four brutalist crescents named after the famous architects Robert Adam, Charles Barry, John Nash and William Kent.
During the period Richard was living in Hulme the area was left largely abandoned by the council as it fell into decline and disrepair. It became its own self contained universe – a multicultural and diverse utopia right next to the city centre, consisting of long term residents, artists, ravers, drop-outs and punks. The flats and crescents of Hulme that Richard captured no longer exist and were bulldozed to make way for a new Hulme in 1993. It’s former residents have mixed feelings and memories of Hulme in the 80s and 90s, but Richard’s images are an important body of work which captured that time and spirit of Hulme well.
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