There is a lot of great art to be seen in Manchester, and this includes photography.
Most people with a camera phone can take a photo, but not many casual photos are considered art. There are many elements that need to be right for a picture to become artistic. Some of these elements are technical points relating to the type of camera lens, focus, exposure and so on, but a technically perfect picture is not automatically artistic.
What elevates a photograph to art is the interplay between the subject matter, the background, the colours, the camera position, the composition and the way the light illuminates the subject
Photography, like all great art, can stimulate emotions and provoke questions. Even though a photograph is a moment frozen in time, it can tell a story.
The style of subject is not important. Pictures of landscapes, people and urban architecture come to mind when we think of classic art photography, but art can also be seen in the images of the top wedding photographers in the North West.
Looking at great photographs inspires. Manchester is a fertile source for photography exhibitions. Here are a few places to visit to see great pictures:
Manchester Photographic is situated in the centre of the city on Hilton Street. It hosts photographic courses and has an exhibition space that, according to its website, aims to:
“Exhibit and showcase work that celebrates the grit, culture and creative spark that comes from Manchester.”
Home is the new Manchester venue for cinema, theatre and art. Its exhibition space hosts regular art events that often feature the work of photographers.
OBJECT / A
OBJECT / A is located inside the Friends Meeting House in Mount Street, Manchester, and features both paintings and photographs.
The Photographic Angle
The Photographic Angle organization stages touring photographic exhibitions, and includes Manchester in its program. It is holding two exhibitions at Boulton House, Chorlton Road, Manchester – one entitled ‘My Country’ (29th July – 2nd August) and the other ‘Wildlife in the West’ (26th – 28th October).
Artzu Gallery is at the old Granada Studios building in Quay Street. It supports established and new artists who are working in painting, sculpture and photography.
There are often temporary photographic exhibitions that occur in Manchester. Time Out Manchester is the place to obtain information on when and where they are happening.