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Photographs of life in 1970s Liverpool are exhibited

Long's Chippy in Falkner Street 1972 Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Long's Chippy in Falkner Street 1972 is one of the "affectionate" portraits of life in 1970s Toxteth

Black-and-white photographs depicting life in Toxteth in the 1970s are to go on display at a Liverpool arts centre.

The evocative images are being exhibited at the Bluecoat Arts Centre as part of the Look/15 international photography festival.

Tricia Porter's photographs of life in the L8 district of the city show a time when its tight-knit communities were being fragmented.

She said the project was an attempt to make a photo documentary.

The pictures were taken a decade before the area became nationally known following the Toxteth Riots in 1981.

The project was a joint venture between Tricia Porter and her future husband David, then a student at Liverpool University.

'Immediacy and freshness'

The pair lived in the area and photographed the people they came across.

They gained the trust of residents who allowed them access to their lives, businesses and homes.

The project is divided into two series: Bedford Street, Liverpool 8 (1972) and Some Liverpool Kids (1974).

The first focuses on residents in their homes, at work, or out and about in the area.

Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Mrs Long at home 1972

Bedford Street, Liverpool 8 (1972) includes well-known characters including social campaigner and local councillor Margaret Simey and eminent Liverpool sculptor Herbert Tyson Smith at work in his studio at Bluecoat.

Young people predominate Some Liverpool Kids (1974) in their homes, schools, clubs, shops and streets.

Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Girls at the Youth Club 1974

Ms Porter said: "It was an attempt to make a photo-documentary which would be a positive and meaningful statement about my neighbours, who had all too often been treated as statistical fodder and sociological phenomena."

The Bluecoat's Artistic Director Bryan Biggs said: "Tricia's images have an immediacy and freshness, despite being taken over four decades ago and the places they evoke having changed, in some cases beyond all recognition.

"There is an honesty to them that makes them so compelling and resonant today."

The exhibition runs between 4 April and 5 July and is supported by L8 Legacy Projects.

Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Street football team, 1974
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Snooker at Jim Hart's 1974
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Football Final party at the Davies's 1974
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Couple at the Belvedere 1972
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Father Crowley in the overgrown garden at St Philip Neri Church 1972
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Boy at lunch 1974
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Shopping 1974
Image copyright Tricia Porter
Image caption Street market stall near Myrtle Street 1972

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