A day in the life of Manchester has been captured in a 24-hour social experiment. More than 30 professional and amateur Manchester-based photographers joined forces on Saturday 1st April to photograph the city and its people, creating a visual library of what Manchester means in 2017.
The project, called A Day In The Life, documented the people and places that make Manchester tick, from 24-hour party people to Saturday shoppers, landmarks to hidden hideaways.
Inspired by the blog Humans Of New York, which has 6.4million Instagram followers and 18 million Facebook followers, this definitive snapshot of Manchester is the idea of Stockport company cartridgesave.co.uk
Led by award-winning street photographer Mark Waugh, the photographers generated 1,600 images working from midnight to midnight, documenting the length and breadth of Manchester, from Canal Street to Rusholme, Old Trafford to Ancoats.
The resulting images brought to life everything from politically charged social issues and colourful local communities to the alcohol-induced absurd.
Over the course of the day, the team recorded:
- The plight of the city’s 189 rough sleepers trying to keep warm
- A David and Goliath-style protest as Trafford-based families fought to keep their borough’s green belt land safe from property developers
- V for Vendetta dressed vegan activists demanding attention for their cause
- The brightest lights in the LGBT community coming out to play on the world famous Canal Street
- Manchester United diehards descending on Piccadilly to see the Red Devils take on West Brom
- Trainer fanatics camping out overnight to be the first to purchase the coveted, brand new £400 Jordan Ones
- The next Ed Sheerans busking on Market Street
- A flashmob style salsa class descending on Piccadilly Gardens
- A stag handcuffed to a dwarf
In the next stage of the project, the A Day In The Life will be commissioning a local artist to print every photograph and transform the catalogue into a piece of art, providing a permanent testimony of the day in history.
“Through this project we’ve brought to life the real power of photography,” said Mark Waugh. “These pictures will forever testify what happened in Manchester on 1st April 2017 and because we are printing each and every one, we will ensure the legacy of this historic activity for the city’s future generations.”
The full library of photos can now be viewed here.