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Hacking into Manchester
What concealed, restricted and forgotten spaces lie behind the reality of our city? That's the question asked by a new exhibition at Urbis, which finds the hidden Victorian, Edwardian and modern areas that lie just off the beaten track.
Andy Brydon and his hidden Manchester
Reality Hack: Hidden Manchester takes it lead from a worldwide, underground movement called Urban Explorers, which looks to reclaim parts of cities by 'hacking' into its abandoned spaces without causing damage.
The idea intrigued Andy Brydon so much that he decided to bring it to Manchester, a decision that led him and photographer Andrew Paul Brooks to both the depths and the heights of the city, encountering everything from rampaging rodents to claustrophobic culverts on the way.
Andrew Paul Brooks at work
The results of their hard work make up the large images on show in Urbis, which expose Manchester's heritage and its central position in the industrial revolution. Each scene is made up of hundreds of photographs which were taken from different viewpoints and carefully built up.
Over the four pages, Andy explains just what it was like finding and photographing eight of Manchester's most intriguing hidden spaces, but if you'd rather just have a quick look at the photos, follow the gallery link on the right.
last updated: 22/01/2009 at 13:41