Meet the urban photographer capturing Manchester’s secret underground locations
Updated 5 years ago
2 June 2017
Capturing the beauty and ugliness of Manchester’s secluded urban spaces is all in a day’s work for photographer Andrew Brooks.
He’s developed a reputation as one of the region’s foremost urban explorers. From rooftop views to underground canals, his work captures the forgotten spaces of Manchester. A darker side to the city that most people don’t realise exists.
“I wish there was more access to old buildings and points of historical interest here so people could see an alternative to the prescribed version of Manchester,” says Andrew. “There’s a whole hidden world out there for everyone to engage in.”
“Each location has its own challenges for getting good access. Nearly all of the time access is with permission. I work alongside writers and curators and we are always looking out for contacts who might be able to get us access to places that are interesting. Then we ask and try and be helpful to them for taking the time to let us in by letting them use the images or promoting what they are trying to do.”
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