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Outdoor Lomography Wall Unveiled

The world’s first permanent wall display of Lomography is erected in Piccadilly Basin.

Written by . Published on July 26th 2012.


Outdoor Lomography Wall Unveiled

A 30 metre long wall of amateur analogue photographs displaying every facet of Manchester life has been unveiled on Tariff Street. You'll find it near the Urban Exchange retail park (the place with the Marks & Spencer Outlet on Great Ancoats Street).

The LomoWall is the first permanent wall of its kind and forms a vague mosaic of an industrial skyline.

The wall is made up of over 1,000 individual photographs of Manchester submitted by 500 fans of the Lomography style of photography. Lomography is apparently 'the celebration of creative and experimental film photography' and has become a global movement. It celebrates its 20th year this year.

Img_5476Manchester LomoWall

Img_5483Lomography ShopThe LomoWall is the first permanent wall of its kind and forms a vague mosaic of an industrial skyline. It is intended as a nod to Manchester’s industrial heritage and was shaped by David Tester of the Lomography shop on Oldham Street. From afar it’s slightly reminiscent of the Factory Records logo. It has been heavily laminated and varnished to protect against weather and graffiti attacks to ensure it remains visible.

The wall includes photos of famous Mancunian landmarks such as the Town Hall, Beetham Tower, Old Trafford and The Etihad stadiums and the now vanished wheel. Alongside these are shots of angry geese, canal boat sunbathers and even some suspicious massage parlours. The photos are grouped together to show the reality of Manchester as captured by Lomograph enthusiasts.

Linda Scott, marketing manager at Lomography UK, said: “Once a textile district, now inhabited by the culturally curious, this is the ‘hip’ part of Manchester city centre. The area is full of design agencies, trendy music venues, bars, cafes, a craft centre and fashion boutiques and is perfectly suited to the dynamic visual delights of a local LomoWall from Lomography.”

The wall was created in three weeks by two Lomography fans, Tom Ambrose a University of Manchester student and Monica Sagar an Arden School of Theatre graduate, along with the UK Lomography team.

Img_5479The LomoWall Team

The whole project was put together by hand with each photo vetted to make sure it was related to Manchester only. One sneaky photograph of London Bridge made it through the screening but was discovered as the wall was being constructed.

The idea of displaying the photos side by side on a stretch of wall is to demonstrate that one photographer is not more important than the next. Along with the LomoWall the Atelier [Zero] project are helping to celebrate the 2012 Canal Festival in Piccadilly Basin.

Richard Lewis, property director for Town Centre Securities (TCS) that owns the wall said: “We’re really pleased to be part of this project. The LomoWall creates a fascinating piece of public art which not only enhances the area but helps put Piccadilly Basin on the map. 

"The industrial heritage theme is very fitting and acknowledges the historical importance of this part of the city centre. In recent years TCS has worked hard to transform and regenerate the area, reopening the canal and tow paths, restoring historic mills and building bespoke, design-led new buildings. The LomoWall, along with Atelier [Zero], is creating a destination where people will come to visit and want to work, live and play.”

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

ShuttyJuly 27th 2012.

What a great project. I love stumbling across things like this. It's a strange location, but that is part of the beauty of this. Well done to all involved. The best urban art since the alien invasion.

Daniel JamesJuly 27th 2012.

It looks wonderful, and living nearby on the marina you great a great (and different) view from a distance.

CharlieJuly 31st 2012.

Great idea David will visit as soon as possible......

AnonymousJuly 31st 2012.

any chance of doing something like this on that bloody awful concrete wall in Picadilly Gardens!

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Reader XxxAugust 2nd 2012.

Yes; what a Great Idea Anonymous; there could be 2 displays, on both sides!

Bravo !!!

Ghostly TomAugust 4th 2012.

I've always thought we should get someone like Liam Spencer to do a mosaic in the style of one of his paintings on that wall.

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AnonymousAugust 17th 2012.

Leave the pavilion alone! Its the one thing they got right about the revamp of Piccadilly Gardens.

Ghostly TomAugust 24th 2012.

It looks great from above, like from the bar of the Mecure Hotel but looks bad from ground level with all that stained greying concrete. All I was suggesting was a 1st class mosaic to take away the brutalist feel to it. And please get rid of the grass, it's totally in appropriate in such a busy place. Albert Square, St. Ann's Square and Exchange Square are all far more successful with their paved areas shaded by trees for green. Paved, it wouldn't be closed for use as much as it is with the grass. Can I suggest that all those little car parks between China Town and Canal Street be converted into little gardens? Like Sackville Gardens that manages quite nicely in a quieter part of the city centre. Businesses are more likely to move in if they have something more pleasant than a car park to look over.

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