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The Council & democracy News - December issue

MAGS - Strange and Familiar exhibition

Strange and Familiar: Britain through the lenses of international photographers

A new photography exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery is exploring the fluid identity of the UK, with a series of images capturing the changing social, cultural and political landscape of the entire country.

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Strange and Familiar, curated by iconic British photographer Martin Parr, collects from international photographers pictures taken as far back as the 1930s and ranging right up to the modern day.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, and Garry Winogrand.

Bringing together over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.

While Strange and Familiar investigates contemporary Britain from the Hebrides to Dover, Manchester is absent.

However, its presence has been revealed through a series of specially commissioned photographs by Romanian photographer Alex Beldea.

Visitors to the exhibition are also being asked to make their own contribution by taking a portrait of Manchester that represents what the city means to them and posting it on Instagram using the #MAGstrangeandfamiliar tag.

One of the photographs will then be picked to become a new postcard and placed on sale – with all proceeds going to support the work of the gallery.

The exhibition is free to visit and runs until Monday 29 May 2017.

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