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‘The End of Manufacturing’ by John Myers

‘The End of Manufacturing’ by John Myers

October 08
07:18 2017

Bradford-born artist and photographer John Myers started taking photographs in 1972. For the next 16 years he documented life surrounding his Stourbridge home, capturing the transformation of the West Midlands from workshop of the world to a place of shuttered factories and mass unemployment.

Although Myers exhibited some of his photographs, many went undeveloped and forgotten — until now. “It was only recently,” he says, “that I began to realise that in their modest and incomplete way these photographs capture one of the major changes to affect the British landscape and society in the last half of the 20th century.”

Myers’s black-and-white images — collected together as “The End of Manufacturing” — show the aftermath of a seismic shift in British life, quietly revealing the power of industry on the people it left behind.

‘The End of Manufacturing’ is at the Museo della Musica, Bologna, from October 12 to November 19, as part of the Foto/Industria biennial

Photograph: John Myers

‘Female Brickworker’, 1983 © John Myers
‘Bridge Foundry, Rutter Brothers, Wordsley’, 1983 © John Myers
‘Cradley Castings, Cradley Heath’, 1983 © John Myers
‘Cradley Foundry, Quarry Bank’, 1983 © John Myers
‘Factory to Let’, J. S. Webb & Co. Bagley Street, Stourbridge, 1982 © John Myers
‘Round Oak Steelworks’, 1988 © John Myers
‘Industrial Estate, Stourbridge’, 1983 © John Myers

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