The long-lost world of Stockport market at 70's in pictures
Heidi Alexander, a photographer, recently found a negative folder that was lost in his home. In the forgotten box was a surprise: images from the Stockport Market in Manchester in 1976 and 1977.
On his website, the author says:
Looking at the photographs now, with 21st Century eyes, it seems they could have been made in the 1950’s. The surroundings, clothing and faces show clear evidence of a community accustomed to daily hardship and poverty. But the smiles, some shy, some surprised, some proud, bring back rich memories of busyness and business, of the noise of chat and activity which characterise any thriving, traditional market environment.
According to an article in The Guardian, when the photographs were shared by the British Culture Archive, residents got in touch sharing the names of people in the photos and memories of that period.
From the camera/photographer mediation, a fragment of the urban memory was registered and is available for appreciation here.