Allan Grainger was commissioned by the Lowry Hotel to produce ten large-scale works taken in Manchester. His intention was to make tableaux that
captured the rhythms and atmosphere of the city, and its historical past, that would form a kind of visual dialogue with its contemporary self.
Each observation of an urban space took place in a familiar and celebrated area of Manchester. The pictures are informed in this collection by the people that
move through the space, and thereby give identity to the space by means of a collective visual narrative, making the particular photographed area a significant
The finished tableaux are temporal studies; they place people by separating them from ‘real’ time and reconstructing them in a kind of ‘electronic montage
reenactment of a public performance’ that exists within the imaginary realm of the photograph.
In a sense therefore these tableaux are about memory and the imagination thatborders on the social-political. The results are reveries on the enclaves of this