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Guardian photography exhibition extended

The Lowry extends exhibition due to popular demand

Featuring Don McPhee’s iconic images of the miner’s strike on its 25th anniversary

A Long Exposure:
100 Years of Pictures from Guardian Photographers in Manchester (1908 - 2008)
Exhibition at The Lowry
Extended until Sun 22 March 2009

Due to popular demand, The Lowry’s A Long Exposure exhibition is extended until Sun 22 March. Featuring extraordinary pictures from Guardian photographers in Manchester over the last 100 years, it includes a selection of Don Mcphee’s iconic images of the miner’s strike which began 25 years ago this week. Centre stage is one of his most famous photographs – a miner face to face with a policeman on a Yorkshire picket line.

Curated with one of the Guardian’s most distinguished photographers, Denis Thorpe, this exhibition features around 100 images. A fascinating mix of styles and stories, it includes 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 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 provides a unique pictorial record of the last hundred years as well as capturing the more intimate moments of human life. The exhibition also includes work by Chris Thomond, The Guardian’s current photographer based in Manchester.

Other highlights include photographs taken by Walter Doughty during the Irish civil war, an extraordinary portrait of Enoch Powell on the election trail in 1974, Denis Thorpe’s iconic photograph of the Strangeways Prison siege, and an unforgettable image of Brian Keenan, shortly after his release from captivity in Beirut.

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

A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography is one of two unique photography exhibitions showing at The Lowry this Spring. Commissioned by The Lowry, leading landscape photographer Jem Southam re-traced 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 finishes on Sunday 22 March 09, the same day as A Long Exposure.

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.

Posted on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 under News Galleries News


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