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Production; Reproduction

Alexia Jade Croft


My project is a photographic archaeology of post-industrial Manchester, which explores the remains of urban industrialism and the effect nature has had on these abandoned locations.  

Focusing on one specific site, my project is a material investigation of both the history of this place and the nature of photography itself. Using an original brick from the location as a negative, I have printed reproductions, using materials which reference the site's heritage - soap and plaster - with the aim of making the audience think about the legacy of industrialisation and how we picture the past.  

The location that I have based this project on was an old soap distribution centre for the well-known company PZ Cussons that are very much still supplying their products but gave no reason as to why this plot was demolished so abrupt, much like most of the buildings that were in use during the industrial revolution era.