Whitworth Street West is a street that's associated with the field of media, culture and nightlife.
It runs between two historic transport routes: the Rochdale Canal and the railway line from Oxford Rd Station.
It seems constantly to be … [More]
They call Manchester the city of rain, but I think it should be called City of Libraries, as there four major historic libraries in the city centre. They are open to visitors and I went to all four libraries in one day in order to research this … [More]
In the Manchester area, Tatton Hall, Bramall Hall, Lyme Hall and Heaton Hall are the most famous local mansions or houses that were once the homes of the rich and influential families. But there are smaller and less famous halls that are … [More]
London Road Fire Station is without doubt Manchester’s most magnificent disused building. Every day, thousands of people pass by it on the bus or going in and out of Piccadilly Station, but not everyone notices its faded grandeur.
To me, it’s a … [More]
The Rhine, the Rhone, the Danube, the Amazon, the Irwell. It doesn't sound quite right but today at least the river that flows through "regional centre", as it's officially called, is cleaner and more attractive than it has ever been over the … [More]
Audio Part One: Introduction by Aidan O'Rourke
'Unbelievable' by EMF is one of the iconic songs of the Madchester scene, the music and dance movement that came out of Manchester in the late 80s and early 90s.
Madchester is … [More]
This is my illustration of a 1950s oval window VW Beetle next to the beach and the Promenade in Blackpool. I'm known for my photography but I also like to draw. As I always emphasise to my photography students: Art and photography are closely … [More]
The changing face of the city has been a dominant theme in my photography since the early days. It was fitting therefore that I was commissioned by Anova books in 2011 to take the 'now' photos for the book Liverpool Then and Now.
I was … [More]
The Victoria Baths Photography Workshop is a three hour guided visit, giving you VIP access to take photographs inside this magnificent building.
The photo workshop takes place on some open days, when the Baths are open to the public. Open … [More]
Library Walk used to be of my favourite locations in Manchester. It was a haven of peace from the noise of the city, an architectural gem created in the empty space between the Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, both designed by E Vincent … [More]
This is a review of "My Guide to Manchester", the complete guide to the city, written by tour guide and author Jonathan Schofield, published in early 2015 by Manchester Books.
Jonathan Schofield is probably the best known tour guide in Manchester … [More]
I asked my Mancunian friend Chris Joyce to recommend some places in Manchester for my English language students to visit. He came up with some famous places but he also mentioned some less well known attractions. Chris speaks with a true Mancunian … [More]
In this second video for the Audio-Visual School, I'm going to ask the question: What are the two fundamental principles of photography.
Now photography is a combination of science and art. That's one of the things I like about … [More]
The home of renowned author Elizabeth Gaskell reopened to the public on 5 October 2014. The Victorian villa at number 84, Plymouth Grove was built around 1838. Mrs Gaskell lived there with her family until her death in 1865. Her husband and daughters … [More]
There are many connections between Liverpool and Wales. It's said that Liverpool is regarded by many people in North Wales as their capital, not Cardiff. The Welsh accent has influenced the Liverpool accent, and the border with Wales is just twelve … [More]
In June 2007 Tony Wilson interviewed Adele Loch Arlene McCarthy and me at the Cornerhouse Manchester. It was on a BBC Radio Manchester programme called Talk of the Town.
Businesswoman Adele Lock founded the Gentry grooming company in Manchester. … [More]
Manchester Then and Now is a book written by Jonathan Schofield presenting archive images of Manchester placed side by side with contemporary scenes - captured by yours truly Aidan O'Rourke! The book was published in May 2010 by Batsford … [More]
I love the effect of dusk light, when street lights, buildings are cast into shadow and appear silhouetted against the sky.
In the urban landscape of northern England, many of these buildings remind us of the past. Modern elements such as … [More]
I became interested in fashion photography when, in 1991, I saw the exhibition Fashion Photography since the Second World War at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
I found images very inspiring. I had never before seen so many original prints from … [More]
Jon Parker Lee has been active as a photographer in Manchester since 1993. An exhibition in November/December 2013 at the basement venue 2022 in Manchester's Northern Quarter celebrated his 20 years in the photography business.
I went to … [More]