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Shirley Baker: Airport '87

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 14:00
Airport'87 © Shirley Baker

Airport '87 © Shirley Baker

A look back at Manchester Airport as seen through the lens of photographer Shirley Baker, thirty years ago. Baker spent a day at the airport in 1987 capturing the experiences of passengers using the airport. The exhibition includes photographs chosen by the public and Manchester Airport staff. As well as capturing various areas of the airport, Baker’s photographs also show how people passed the time before a flight by playing cards and board games – a far cry from smartphones, tablets, and Kindles of today. The style of passengers is also brought into focus with big hair and plenty of shell suits on show.

Born in Salford, Baker was famed for her street photography of working class inner-city areas. The photographs of Manchester Airport were discovered in the archives at Central Library. They explore work created after Shirley Baker was approached by the Documentary Photography Archive (DPA), who were seeking to commission photographers to build their collection of contemporary work.

Location: Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Sq, Manchester M2 5PD.
Open: Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 20:00; Friday & Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 (closed Bank Holidays), until 6 January 2018.


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JOB Assistant Curator: (Prince Albert Projects), Royal Collections Trust, closing date 22 November 2017

EXHIBITION 06 October - 22 December 2017, Culture Shifts, Local, Open Eye Gallery 

EXHIBITION 07 October - 30 December 2017, No Man's Land: Women's Photography and the First World War, Impressions Gallery.

EXHIBITION 20 October - 11 Feb 2018 Instant Stories: Wim Wenders’ Polaroids, The Photographers’ Gallery, details here

JOB Senior Curator of Photographs, Getty, LA, USA click here

COURSE  3 October -14 November 2017 History of Photography evening course at the V&A, exploring the collection dating from the 1820s to the present dayLed by Susanna Brown and Martin Barnes.

EVENT 30 November, 1 December 2017: PCN talk at the Sport and Photography Conference at the Science and Media Museum, Bradford click here for details


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