Over 24,000 photographs taken between 1980 and early 2000's by the late Marjorie Amriding lay dormant at Lancashire Archives for over nine years since her death in 2007. 35 boxes containing over 70 packs of photographs taken in Preston for over twenty years show culture change, architectural change and most importantly historical evidence of the streets and people of Preston towards the end of the 20th century.
I was introduced to Marjorie's collection of photographs shortly after started my Master of Arts Degree at UCLan in October 2016. The boxes of photographs have very little information on them and they are in no way of order, location or even date. This is unusual for a local authority to take in such material especially when it has not date or location however, given the extensively of the collection it was taken in and kept on file hoping that one day someone would take interest in it. That person happened to be me. I returned to the collection after successfully completing my Masters and I have now began to unravel the methodologies and practices of Marjorie's work. What inspires me the most is why she would photograph her home town for so long? Who are these people in the photographs and why was it so important to her to document change? Marjorie was born on the 3rd September 1925 and worked all her life at Emerson Road Mill until her retirement. After retirement Marjorie began taking photographs of Preston.
I hope to reflect upon the work of Marjorie in my own exhibition this summer by producing similar portraits in the style of Marjorie Amriding alongside some of the photography students, at Preston College who have also been involved with the project with me for the past month.
This project is a fantastic way to celebrate the work and achievements of an Amateur photographer from Preston who never got the chance to exhibit any of this collection. If I can engage people willing to come forward from the area who may recognized some of the people in the photographs, then there is a possibility that they can have their portrait re-taken by myself and exhibited in the Harris Museum this Summer.
Any money raised will cover the cost of all prints, frames and marketing for the exhibition including opening night drinks.
A bit about me, I am currently training to become a teacher after completing my Master of Arts Degree in photography at UCLan where I obtained a (Merit) I also received an award for outstanding professional practice to from the University last month for my Master of Arts Degree. I also have a BA (Hons) Photography Degree (2:1) obtained at Chester University in 2016. I am a visual artist & research practitioner who’s work identifies cultural theory and people’s relationships within society. I currently teach at UClan one day per week to BA (Hons) Photography students as part of my teacher training and I am also a guest speaker at Preston College.