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Monday Town

John Harrison | Lancashire, United Kingdom

Sisters (Sandra and Shiela)

Monday Town

Monday Town focusses on a conurbation of three, small, historically connected towns in East Lancashire, England. Great Harwood, Rishton and Clayton-le-moors are towns that grew from the industrial revolution, which left an almost indelible mark. Towns such as these are identifiable through modern paradigms: the cultural and economic impact of deindustrialisation (1), ever-decreasing transportation links (2) and seperations encouraged by the growth of semi-rural enclaves and expanding, parasitic metropolises. Conversely, people who reside here offer resilience, optimism and generosity, fostered through their experiences and the principles handed from previous generations.

Starting on Monday 17 June 2021, the day of the UK’s lifting of Covid-19 restrictions), Monday Town presents a reflection on life in northern England during what some consider will be a profoundly significant period for those who live there (3) (4). The project is ongoing: I am posting work to my Instagram account each week and am looking to connect with writers, community groups and local historians


Much of my photography has been centred on the town of Blackburn, Lancashire, UK – the town I grew up in over 40 years ago. My archive dates back to the mid-1990s and reflects my interests in the town’s communities and industries. Today, my photography is a socially engaged practice, drawing from other philosophical paradigms such asslow.

I graduated from the Newport School ofDocumentary Photographyin 1999 (University of South Wales) and completed a Certificate in Education in 2003 (University of Central Lancashire). Currently undertaking a practice-based PhD programme, my research centres upon the design of socially engaged photography practices, applied within towns across East Lancashire. My supervisors are Dr Carol McKay and Professor Arabella Plouviez at theNorthern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland.

My photography has been exhibited at several UK and international venues, including;Chapel Gallery(Lancashire, UK);Clitheroe Castle Gallery(Lancashire, UK);Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery(Lancashire, UK);Kunstammlung-Neubrandenburg(Mecklenburg, Germany);PRISM Contemporary(Lancashire, UK);St Ethleburga’s(Bishopsgate, London, UK). I have also presented my photography and research at several UK conferences including; Centre for Doctoral Research Annual Conference (2017); British Textiles Biennial (2019); Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (2018); National Festival of Making (2018); The Talbot Collection Conference (2017). My most recent published work emerged from an Arts Council and Forestry England funded research cluster,SelfScapes, in 2020 – I am also a member of the organising team for the SelfScapes 2021 research cluster. Whilst working as an editorial photographer in Cardiff, UK – between 1999 and 2002 – my photographs were published in several UK national newspapers. Additionally, I carried out commissions for organisations such asBell Pottinger,Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (CBAT) andS4C. Between 2015-2020, I was a Trustee for the Agnes Eccles Award for Arts.

Email: jpharrison1974@gmail.com

Web: https://john-harrison-photo.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnpharrisonphoto/


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