Manchester Art Gallery

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Curated by Martin Parr and celebrating the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Rineke Dijkstra, Bruce Gilden and Evelyn Hofer.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 25 November 2016–Monday 29 May 2017


Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, and Garry Winogrand. Bringing together over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.

Exhibition curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London.

Alex Beldea

While Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain from the Hebrides to Dover, Manchester is absent. Its presence is revealed through a series of specially commissioned photographs by Romanian photographer Alex Beldea. Working with a range of people who access the gallery’s learning programmes, Beldea captures contemporary Manchester as it is perceived by our learners. Each has chosen a place where they feel a strong connection. Together they present a vibrant portrait of life in Manchester today.

On display in the Strange and Familiar library from 25 November until 7 May 2017.


Help make Manchester present again. Get inspired by our exhibition, celebrate our city and see your work in the gallery or even on a postcard.

Can you capture a portrait of Manchester in a single image? It could be an image of the city’s architecture, its icons or its hidden gems. How would you choose to represent our city?

Tag your photos with #MAGstrangeandfamiliar. All images will be on display at Manchester Art Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. One photograph will be picked for a new postcard and available for sale exclusively at the gallery shop with all proceeds going to support the work of the Gallery.



Bruce Gilden, Factory in the Midlands, 2014 (detail)
© Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

Evelyn Hofer, Crossing Guard, London, 1962
©Estate of Evelyn Hofer
Courtesy ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica

Cas Oorthuys, Trafalgar Square, Anti-Polaris / Anti Nuclear Weapons Demonstration, London, 18 February 1961

Candida Höfer, Liverpool XV, 1968
© Candida Höfer

Bruce Gilden, Factory in the Midlands, 2014
©Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

Bruce Davidson, Wales, 1965
©Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos