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Today, Thursday 29 August, Salford.Media had the pleasure of meeting George Shepherd at St Andrews Church, Eccles on the eve of his new photographic exhibition for the Eccles Festival.

You may remember that George had an exhibition at the Eccles Community Art Gallery in June this year, which attracted a staggering 1,800 visitors smashing all records for visitors there.

On the strength of that exhibition he has been contacted by the Glasgow Gallery of Photography  to exhibit two photographs, chosen from over 1,000 submissions and in  December 2020, the Salford Museum and Art Gallery on the Crescent will hold a major exhibition of his work which will run until April 2011.

I am delighted to say I have had a sneak preview of the new images to be exhibited, some 50 in total, mainly unseen photographs which were taken in Eccles, Salford, Manchester City Centre and Liverpool.

They are of an amazing standard and deserve the highest accolades, he has a natural talent for capturing the moment and I have said it before, they are a social document of life in the 1960s.

The theme for this years Festival is Transport and George has once again delivered the goods, so to speak, with photographs of cars, bikes, fairground rides, trains, planes boats etc, however they are a lot more than your usual snapshot, much more.

Without giving too much away take time to look at the photographs especially the one of his friend, Harvey Pellow in a backyard in Winton with his bicycle, that sounds mundane doesn't it?

The renown Salford artist, Geoffrey Key described the image as being the essence of Cubism, and he was so enamoured with it, that he purchased a print, which is a sign of it's quality.

With 50 photographs to look at I can guarantee that you will find that one image that will bring back so many memories for you, and with prints on sale why not purchase a piece of art?

The exhibition opens on Friday 30 August running from 10am - 2.30pm and Saturday 31 August 10am - 3.00pm.

St Andrews Church is on Chadwick Road, Eccles M30 ONZ and the church cafe will be open on both days for refreshments



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