The History Press
Book launch at The Photographers Gallery in London on 1st November 2018
The History Press and The Photographers Gallery in London is pleased to invite you to the launch of ‘Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s’.
The launch will start at 6pm in the bookshop at The Photographers Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW .
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted.
Shirley’s powerful images, sparked by her curiosity, recorded people and communities involved in fundamental change. People’s homes were demolished as part of a huge ‘slum’ clearance programme, however Shirley was able to capture some of the street life as it had been for generations before the change.
Shirley Baker (1932–2014) was one of Britain’s most compelling yet underexposed social documentary photographers. Her street photography of Manchester and Salford in the in the 1960s has come to define her humanist vision. Her curiosity and engagement with everyday life around her confirms her acute observation, visual humour and compassion. These photos have been selected by Shirley’s daughter, Nan Levy, who is keen to make her mother’s work widely available
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