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Liverpool Cathedral – Hardman’s ‘Hope’ Exhibition

Hardman-100Hardman’s ‘Hope’ Exhibition
26 July – 20 August 2010

Liverpool Cathedral is to host a new digital photography exhibition charting life in the Hope Street Quarter from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Hardman’s Hope’, which features photographs taken by renowned Liverpool photographer E. Chambré Hardman, will run from July 26th. The exhibition will be narrated by fellow photographer Mike McCartney, whose expert opinion, natural humour and love of Liverpool help bring the exhibition to life.

There will also be a ‘hands on’ exhibition of vintage cameras used by Hardman and the chance to try the family trail, ‘Stomp and Click,’ which takes visitors through the Hope Street Quarter, allowing them to walk in the shoes of Hardman and take their own contemporary photographs of the area.

Access to the Cathedral, exhibition and the trail is free with a prize for those who complete the trail and the chance to submit photographs taken for a large collage, which will be used in the final week of the exhibition.

Visitors looking for inspiration for the Cathedral 2 Cathedral Photography Competition, ‘Life in Hope’ (which closes on August 20th) can also find encouragement in Hardman’s work.

Although he had an excellent reputation throughout the city for his work with portraits, it wasn’t until after his death that his photography was truly appreciated, showing the changes to Liverpool over the years.

Hardman’s house and studio at 59 Rodney Street, along with his huge collection of images, was acquired by the National Trust in 2002.

It is the only known photographic studio of the twentieth century where all of the work has been preserved intact alongside his home, personal and business papers.

For more information on the exhibition or the Cathedral 2 Cathedral photographic competition, visit

59 Rodney Street is open Weds – Sun, 11am – 3.30pm. Admission is by timed ticket. For details and bookings call 0151 709 6261.

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