Manchester’s Open City photography day

Photo by Andrew Brooks

Now this is an event which is right up my street. After spending a considerable amount of money on a beautiful Nikon I still haven’t read the instruction booklet (much to the amusement of my friends).

Manchester’s Cityco has organised an Open City photography day which gives up to 100 people the chance to be taken on a free two hour photography tour and tutorial around the city centre on Sunday, May 23.

The photographer tutors are: Aidan O’Rourke, Andrew Brooks, Len Grant, Paul Herrmann and Mark Page. They will help budding snappers on a city tour workshop, and the best images will be selected for an exhibition in the Triangle shopping centre.

mark page photography
Photo by Mark Page

Vaughan Allen, chief executive of Cityco, said: “Manchester aspires to be a photography-friendly and accessible place where people don’t get hassled or arrested for taking pictures.

“We’re talking to the authorities to work together to move towards us becoming an ‘open city’. This initiative is all about celebrating Manchester through the lens and we’re delighted to be working with some of the city’s most notable photographers to make this happen.

“We want today to really inspire many more people to get out and about and capture the essence of our wonderful city.”

Len grant photo
Photo by Len Grant

Those taking part must be 18 years old or older on May 23, bring their own photography equipment, be willing to take part in publicity and allow their images to be published and used in the exhibition if selected.

To apply please send your name, age, email address and a day-time phone number quoting ‘Open City’ in the subject header to by  May 14. This opportunity is on a first come, first served basis and all successful applicants will be contacted with further details by  May 17.

Aidan O'Rouke photo
Photo by Aidan O’Rourke

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