Open all hours: Manchester shopfronts of the early 80s – in photos
Within the early Eighties, photographer Brian Lomas began to note that the impartial outlets in his native space of north Manchester have been disappearing quick. Lots of the buildings have been earmarked for demolition, so he made it his mission to seize the shopfronts that outlined the neighborhood: chemists, florists, barbers, shoe outlets.
“My uncle had a greengrocer’s, and it was a tough life – 15-hour days, six days per week – so I don’t need to over-romanticise it,” says Lomas. “However I needed to seize that means of doing enterprise and attracting clients, the quirky and attribute element of the outlets – there was nearly a grandeur within the decay of a few of them.”
Small Outlets is revealed by The Modernist (£20). An exhibition will run on the gallery on Port Avenue, Manchester, till 1 September