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Manchester Photographic Gallery

The city’s cultural and art scene gets a new addition...

Published on July 27th 2010.


Manchester Photographic Gallery

Manchester Photographic will be open to the public on Friday 6 August and looks set to become the new home of photography in the city.

The gallery, on Tariff Street in the Northern Quarter, is a three-floor homage to the work of Mancunian photographers and a centre for the development of the art.

The gallery, on Tariff Street in the Northern Quarter, is a three-floor homage to the work of Mancunian photographers and a centre for the development of the art.

On the ground floor, visitors will be able to see work by Matthew Comer- a talented local photographer who has worked for L’Oréal and Redken and photographed the clothes of recognised designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry and Galliano.

The exhibit features work from his recent trips to the USA which are part of his project titled ‘On the Road’.

He was recently selected by the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office to be their official Route 66 ambassador and is the UK’s first recipient of the prestigious award. The role will see him lead the promotional campaign for one of the USA’s largest cities and its most famous highway, taking pictures of major landmarks across the country.

Comer will be taking on the role of creative director and resident photographer when the studio opens, bringing his many years of experience in fashion, music and travel photography to the gallery.

The second floor features work by two other local photographers Paul J Goulden and Mike Kelly.

It showcases Goulden’s dramatic and poignant images of graffiti art in Manchester and Kelly’s stage photography of famous musicians like Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse, The Flaming Lips, Morrisey and the Charlatans from the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

On the third floor, photographers have a chance to make their mark in a photographic and make over studio that is fully equipped with cameras and lighting and is available for hire.

The studio has already been used for fashion shoots. Photographs for designer Henri Lloyd’s autumn campaign were taken there.

Budding photographers will also be able to learn more about their art at the studio from industry professionals through a training syllabus that is set to be rolled out later this year.

With the acclaimed displays on show and its impressive facilities, the gallery is garnering a lot of interest even claiming a celebrity fan, Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand, along the way. For more information please visit manchesterphotographic.com

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 29th 2010.

I got so excited when I saw 'Manchester Photographic Gallery'.... However I really hope this project is not in receipt of any publicly funded grants as I have never seen such rubbish as what appears in the 'acclaimed displays' the second floor. Photography has taken many years to establish itself as an art form.... these images are far from art. Graffiti - the over popular choice of the a-level photography student. There is no skill or vision in these images - just nicking the credit from the graffiti artist - as it is the graffiti art the viewer has interest in. As for the 'stage photography', with the really tasteless use of photoshop.... it's really quite poor. Manchester has such talent - both established and new... I really hope visitors to the city do not assume this is all we have to offer photography wise.

D KesslerJuly 31st 2010.

Manchester 'artists', please stop this New York theme rubbish. It's utterly pants!

Doctor DeeAugust 1st 2010.

Yet more images of the Brooklyn Bridge could cause spasmodic hiccups and gastro-oesophageal reflux. In such cases, I prescibe a local diet.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2010.

give credit it where its due. i agree with the first comment about quality mentioned, but you didnt mention the work of wolfgang and his manchester people black n white portraits which are great and the bright neon lights down stairs on the ground floor are fantastic and destined to be iconic!

also i dont see this 'new york' theme. there is two exhibitions on manchester and two on america as a whole?

dont be so negative. its a new place and i am looking forward to seeing what they may do.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2010.

there is no pictures of the brooklyn bridge or else i'd buy it!

Terry ComerAugust 1st 2010.

Matthew Comer is a photographer to watch. His work is powerful. I saw his neon stuff back in october and i am looking forward to seeing them in all their glory again.

Terry ComerAugust 1st 2010.

Matthew Comer is a photographer to watch. His work is powerful. I saw his neon stuff back in october and i am looking forward to seeing them in all their glory again.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2010.

Seems different just photography. Like it

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2010.

No ta

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2010.

I am assuming the images on the left are the Kelly shots. From what i can see I like them alot. Let's hope it doesn't turn into some cliche northern quarter ponsey place

D KesslerAugust 4th 2010.

I am sure the term 'Brooklyn Bridge' is a metaphor for 'mainstream American drivel'

Film ClubAugust 5th 2010.

Wonder if Captain America will buy any of it

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