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Covering over 6 years of photojournalism along this iconic stretch of Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, photographers Michael Baker & Phil Portus have documented a moment in time within the pages of this important book.
Commencing in 2016 following a chance meeting with local charity worker, Hanif Bobat, of Ethnic Health Forum, they set out to capture the ever-changing landscape and cultural diversity of the ‘Curry Mile’ before it changed beyond all recognition. Perceptions of this street are forever evolving and the project raises the very pertinent question as to whether the term ‘Curry Mile’ is now a misnomer.
What was traditionally a predominantly Indian & Pakistani influenced neighbourhood, the area has certainly evolved exponentially over recent times, influenced by immigration from the Middle East and East Africa conflict areas. The result has seen an increase in cultural diversity where multinationalism in terms of language, bespoke shops, restaurants, cafes, dessert parlours and barbers have sprung up to serve this ‘new’ community.
The photographs capture many of the scenes, people, places and religious events of this neighbourhood and are complimented by a small collection of ‘Curry Mile Stories’ where past memories and future aspirations of Rusholme are recorded by members of the community.
“There are around 90 different dialects and languages spoken here. It is multiculturalism at its best.”
Rabnawaz Akbar – labour councillor for Rusholme ward.
CURRY MILE to SHISHA MILE
(80 pages – 23cm X 16cm)
Purchase Price £21.00 + P&P
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