- A gray cat slinks past a wooden house. There’s something a little intimidating attempting to describe.
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The afternoon of the last day of the Albert Inn, which has been the last standing pub along Curry Mile for several years with Joanne McCann as the amazing landlady. The will be running another bar in a weeks time, called the Studio opposite Owen’s Park student residency.
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CURRY MILE TO SHISHA MILE – A Documentary Portrait
Our brand new publication in a 10cm X 10 cm compact folded A3 sheet showing 23 photographs as a sample of our massive archive of images taken over the last 4 years by Michael Baker and Phil Portus.
Some Archive street photographs taken on 18th April 2005.
together with some from Jan 2021.
There are more curry hoses, fewer barbers, more parking.
Spot the changes over the last 16 years.
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Michael Baker and Phil Portus have been working on a documentary photography project since 2016, along “Curry Mile” in Rusholme. Initially to have an exhibition at the Central Ref Library in Manchester, but that was cancelled because of covid. We then decided to make a book of our photos and interviews, which is finally at the printers. ‘Curry Mile to Shisha Mile’ records the cultural shift and perception of Wilmslow Road being predominantly curry restaurants and pubs, to a now more diverse and Arabic influenced neighbourhood. It will be available to purchase in early July 2022. £20 +P&P ( if required)
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Official book launch day for Curry Mile to Shisha Mile in Rusholme with councillor Rabnawaz Akbar and clothes shop manager, Ali
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Some shots from The Ashura Procession on Sunday 8th Sept in which Shia Muslims take part in a march, starting in Platt Fields then down “Curry Mile”, to mourn the death of the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. The participants become emotional and some men beat their chests. Traditionally a lot more blood would be seen in this ceremony.
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Adam, originally from Palestine, has been a barber in Rusholme for 8 years. He told me the other barbers in the shop come from all over the world such as, Columbia, Syria and northern Iraq. The parrot in the shop window is called “Lou”
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This photoshoot is from Super Saturday afternoon , first day of easing of Covid – 19 lockdown rules – 4th July 2020.
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