This collection of photographs traces the emergence of Liverpool and its iconic waterfront over a 30 year period.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries this remarkable waterfront was the lifeblood of Liverpool and defined its visual identity on a global scale. It is renowned amongst residents, sailors and tourists alike for the imposing architectural trinity of the elegant Three Graces buildings that hold court over the Pier Head and the mighty Mersey.
This awe-inspiring waterfront is even more impressive in the 21st century as it takes on the mantle of a modern metropolis while also revelling in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. And within the waterfronts World Heritage boundary can also be found Jesse Hartley's wonderful Grade I listed Albert Dock amongst other gems. Liverpool has the most Grade I and II listed buildings outside of London.
My first ever job fresh from photography college was photographing the regeneration of the Albert Dock. Working as a photographic assistant for photographer Hal Mullin we undertook progress photography during the renovation process. Subsequently he introduced me to Aerial photography which sparked an interest which I still pursue today and one day time permitting who knows I may well get my ppl?
Later as Liverpool caught the eye of London politicians like Heseltine the waterfront program through the development agency the Merseyside Development Company continued the process. Capital of culture in 2008 and UNESCO's recognition continue to make Liverpool a much desired destination.
25 Years of a Waterfront
As a relatively young photographer some 25 years ago my relationship and fascination with Liverpools iconic waterfront resulted in this year by year record.
“Two green birds with
a brown ribbon
the Waterfront is
Liverpool’s front door.”
Author - Redwall