Last few days to see this – closes Monday 28th August, 5pm.

“Baker’s photography documented the poverty and resilience of communities under siege while conveying her compassionate affection, empathy and indignation for the plight of her subjects.

“Pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014) is thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era. Baker’s humanist documentary work received little attention throughout her sixty-five years career. This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs by Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches.

“It specifically focuses on her depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner city Manchester and Salford. This intense period of study, spanning from 1961 – 1981, documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities.”

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888
Opening hours – Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, including bank holiday Mondays
Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm

Image: Shirley Baker Hulme July 1965 (detail) © Shirley Baker Estate