Documentary Photography Archive

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The Documentary Photography Archive (DPA) is a photo archive founded in 1985 and held at the Greater Manchester County Record Office by Manchester City Council. The archive captures aspects of the people and places of the Greater Manchester region in the UK and includes over 100,000 images from family albums and elsewhere, from the 1840s to the 1950s.[1] It also commissioned contemporary photographers to document aspects of everyday life from the mid 1980s to the 1990s, which is also held in the archive.[1]


The collection of images and related material includes:

  • Over 80,000 photographs from schools, workplaces, studios and Manchester streets dating back to 1840.
  • Donated photographs from photographic businesses and societies.
  • Panora school negatives from 1968 to 1985.
  • An oral history collection.
  • Contemporary commissioned works from the mid-1980s to the 1990s, including:

Staff at the archive have included Caroline Warhurst[6] and Audrey Linkman.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Staunton, Eithne (5 April 2009). "Snap happy - photography archives". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. ^ Baker, Shirley (1989). Street Photographs: Manchester and Salford. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books. p. 128. ISBN 978-1852240585.
  3. ^ "Documentary Photography Archive; Manchester International Airport : A typical day. A one-day photographic commission by Shirley Baker". The National Archives (United Kingdom). Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhea by Tom Wood". The National Archives (United Kingdom). Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Tom Wood - DPA Work". University of Chester. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "About Us". Dewi Lewis. Retrieved 24 May 2015. Caroline began working in photography at Manchester Studies Photography Archive, where in addition to working as a researcher she also programmed a photographic gallery at Manchester Polytechnic. As a key member of The Documentary Photography Archive she was involved in the commissioning of several contemporary photographers including Martin Parr, Clement Cooper and John Darwell.
  7. ^ "Inspirations: Clement Cooper". Buffalo. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2015. Clement worked as a photographer and reporter for a number of local newspapers, before receiving his first important commission in 1987 from the Documentary Photography Archive in Manchester to record aspects of life within the Moss Side and Longsight Afro-Caribbean community. The commission resulted in his first book and exhibition, Presence (1989).
  8. ^ "Panel Discussion: Death, Aesthetics & Representation". The Photographers' Gallery. Retrieved 24 May 2015.

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