Thursday 24 April 2014
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The Lowry celebrates 100 years of Guardian photography

A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Pictures from Guardian Photographers in Manchester (1908 - 2008) Exhibition at The Lowry Sat 18 October 2008 – Sun 1 March 2009

The Lowry celebrates 100 years of The Guardian’s distinctive pictorial style with a unique photography exhibition showing some of the most memorable images from the last century.


The exhibition, curated by one of the Guardian’s most distinguished photographers Denis Thorpe, will feature around 100 images.  All display a fascinating mix of styles and stories, including images of German prisoners from the Handforth Prisoner of War Camp, an aerial view of a First World War battlefield, Winston Churchill in Manchester Town Hall and a powerful portrait of playwright Arthur Miller.


Since appointing its first staff photographer, Walter Doughty in 1908, the Guardian has developed a unique and often innovative style.


The six staff photographers who followed in Doughty’s footsteps - Tom Stuttard, Bob Smithies, Graham Finlayson, Neil Libbert, Don McPhee and Denis Thorpe - were all based at The Guardian’s Manchester office.  This exhibition will show selections of work by each, providing a unique pictorial record of the last hundred years as well as capturing the more intimate moments of human life.


Other highlights include a collection of glass plates taken by Walter Doughty during the Irish civil war, and some of the most famous political photographs of recent years – including Don McPhee’s extraordinary portrait of Enoch Powell, then an Ulster Unionist MP for South Down, taken in the King's Hall, Belfast, during an election rally in 1974.


Denis Thorpe’s own iconic images include Helicopter searchlights on the Strangeways Prison siege, and an unforgettable image of Brian Keenan, shortly after his release as a hostage in Beirut.   


A Long Exposure is dedicated to the late Don McPhee, who originally approached The Lowry with the idea for the exhibition. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available.


A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography is one of two unique photography exhibitions showing at The Lowry this Autumn. Commissioned by The Lowry, leading landscape photographer Jem Southam has been re-tracing Lowry's footsteps along the Cumbrian coastline, resulting in a remarkable series of images, focusing on the remnants of the area’s long and significant industrial past.  Clouds Descending shows from 15 November until 22 March 09.


Since opening in 2000, The Lowry has actively promoted photography as a vital art form, showing 18 photography exhibitions and acquiring a reputation as the key venue in the North West for major photography exhibitions/retrospectives


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