World’s first LomoWall: Permanent Lomography display unveiled today in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

By John McDougall

The world’s first permanent public LomoWall was unveiled  in Manchester’s Northern Quarter today.

The 30m x 3m piece of artwork, based on Tarriff Street in Piccadilly Basin, was commissioned by CityCo and Lomography UK, a global organisation dedicated to using experimental and creative snapshot analogue photography.

Tom Ambrose, a student at the University of Manchester, and Monica Sagar, an Arden School of Theatre graduate and originally from Manchester, helped construct the display.

MM spoke to Miss Sagar who said: “We chose the photos as we went along and designed a format around them.

“We wanted entries that people in Manchester put forward to reflect the urban and industrial landscape of the city.”

Containing 14,000 analogue photographs and using over 1,000 different images submitted by over 500 people, the display was commissioned to celebrate the start of the 2012 Canal Festival and shows scenes from all over the city.

These include the Manchester Wheel, Manchester Cathedral, Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium, the Manchester Ship Canal and photos involving members of the public taken all around the city centre in different locations.    

Linda Scott, Marketing Manager of Lomography UK, stressed the importance of retaining analogue photography in a largely digital age.

Ms Scott said: “A display such as this is very accessible to ordinary people.

“Analogue photographs like these may not be perfect on their own but in this format, they are all equally important, as we aim to capture the planet and the planet is not perfect.

“The street art landscape that is developing in Manchester currently is totally inspiring to us at Lomography.”

MM also spoke to David Tester, Lomography’s Regional Manager North, who hopes that displays such as this will inspire greater interest in photography, and in particular analogue.

Mr Tester said: “Nothing at all has been altered with these photographs, they are purely how they were originally taken.

“Cars have been slowing down to look at it and some people have been stopping to take photos of the wall, so everyone seems to be very supportive of it which is good.

“It should hopefully just generate further interest in photography.”

A launch party will take place by the wall between 6pm and 7pm tonight, with an after-party taking place at the Lomography Gallery store on Oldham Street with DJ’s and drinks.

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