Friday, July 8, 2011

The Queen is Dead - still.

                                       © Stephen Wright

My first job after leaving school was at a commercial photo lab in Manchester. Most of the work was dreary stuff, but Stephen Wright and Kevin Cummings, responsible for some of the most iconic photography of Manchester music artists of that time, occasionally dropped off work with us - highlights of any given day. At the lab we worked on images for the album sleeve on Strangeways Here We Come, for example, and Wright explained that the back cover of Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, was  to be a cropped section (sky only) of a shot of Morrissey at the gravestone of George Formby.

When I went home to Manchester this spring, I researched a (hopefully) forthcoming travel piece on Manchester and its music, and shot some images to go along with the article. The colour image above is from a series taken outside Salford Lads Club.

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