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Manchester Then and Now - book by Jonathan Schofield photos by Aidan O'Rourke

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 2009 by Batsford (144 pages, 12.99).

Manchester Then and Now features archive and contemporary photographs placed side by side, along with descriptions written by Jonathan Schofield.

Albert Square and Manchester town hall - image for Manchester Then and Now

The archive images were chosen by Jonathan mostly from the collection of the Local Studies Unit at Manchester Central Library, a favourite browsing haunt of mine. I was commissioned to take contemporary images of the same scenes today. I tried to match the camera angle as closely as possible to the viewpoint used in the archive image.

Sackville Gardens and Sackville St building -  image for Manchester Then and Now

As well as being Manchester's most high profile tour guide, Jonathan Schofield is an experienced journalist, writer and after-dinner speaker. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Manchester, and is full of facts, figures and quirky anecdotes.

Motifs include many of Manchester's most famous buildings and streets: The Town Hall and Albert Square, Cross Street, with the former Manchester Evening News building, Manchester University Sackville Building, the River Irwell and Sackville Park, Manchester Airport and most spectacularly, a view from the CIS building overlooking Victoria Station and Boddingtons Brewery chimney.

Cross St Manchester  -  image for Manchester Then and Now

You'll have to buy a copy of the book to see the archive images - or browse for them on the Local Studies Unit archive at http://images.manchester.gov.uk. However I'm presenting a selection of the images I've taken for the book here in this article and in the aidan.co.uk photo portfolio.

The book was published on 10 May 2009 by Batsford, price 12.99.

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Written by Aidan O'Rourke
Posted/Updated 2009-03-29

Aidan O'RourkeAidan O'Rourke has been active in photography and online media since 1995. He has documented the development of the local area in his Eyewitness website (1997-2005) and as a contributor to books, publications and the Manchester Evening News. He runs his Eyewitness photography walks in Manchester, Liverpool and other locations. He offers one-to-one tuition in Photography and Languages. He is a high-level speaker of German and can offer photography walks and tours through the medium of German. Visit www.aidan.co.uk

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