This collection of photographs, taken in Manchester and Salford between 1963 and 1973 is a powerful antidote to a sentimental yearning for ‘the good old days’ of the 60s.
They are poignant, brutal and disarming and should be part of the shared consciousness of all of us that live in the Manchester area. Their emotional impact is massive and I am appalled that this book is out of print.
There was a retrospective exhibition of Shirley Baker’s work at the Salford museum and art gallery earlier this year and an interview with the photographer in The Guardian. Blogger Michael Baeron went to the exhibition and has some lovely photographs and an enthusiastic review. To quote him:
‘It’s a wonderful display of photographic work, a must see.’
In addition to the photographs, the introduction by Professor Stephen Constantine, who was brought up in Salford, provides some background and context.
Street Photographs, Manchester and Salford, by Shirley Baker is a scarce book and is on sale at Oxfam Wilmslow for £19.99.
(Update: This book has now been sold)