INNER CITY SOUL: GEMS

Doodlebug Press Release:
"PHOTO DOC EXPO: Aged 17 Al Baker landed in Manchester before the first Summer of Love in '88 and quickly became a Hacienda regular. Al caught the creative bug when Madchester was all the rage. Moving to Hulme in '91 he began to capture its anarchic Bohemia: Unique fading architecture, freestyle graffiti, all-day pub-culture characters; The ceremonial opening of the Hulme Arch & burning a symbolic Phoenix sculpture constructed from the derelict dwellings. All documented through his lens before being lost forever

Teaming up with like-minded soul Seb Pattenden they presented their collaborative debut FIX during the now-defunct Northern Quarter Street Festival in '97. The exhibition explored urban youth sub-culture via skateboarding & graffiti and travelled to Sheffield

His next show was as part of city-wide New Exposure (Photo'98) 22 photographers in 16 venues simultaneously! A Bit Of Personal featured a rogues gallery of local Hulme residents befriended during its regeneration

As a new millennium loomed Al decided to focus on the life & soul of Northern Quarters live music / club venue that was Planet K
You Are Here was screened as part of their 1st birthday celebrations in 2000. This nocturnal activity soon developed into capturing a burgeoning British Hip-Hop scene, leading to his ubiquitous presence in the Manc nightclub arena over the last few years. Luminaries the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Roots Manuva, Scratch Perverts and Ty have all been framed in glorious monochrome

Al currently works for Drum'n'Bass periodicals Knowledge Magazine and ATM (Atmosphere)

Inner City Soul: Gems remains a unique opportunity to explore what has existed only as memories for most but are the foundations upon which our original, modern city is built. Sample unseen B&W prints of this Mancunian time-capsule... A gem of a talent has now been unearthed

Doodlebug"
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