‘Anatomy of an Institution’ Archive

Manchester Met colleagues Gavin Parry and Dave Penny (both Senior Lecturers in Photography) have kindly donated archival material relating to the production and publication of their 2011 book Anatomy of an Institution: a photographic portrait of MMU. Using a Victorian studio camera, Gavin and Dave photographed a range of Manchester Met staff including technicians, cleaners, management and academic staff to create a visual portrait of the institution.

Plate from ‘Anatomy of an institution: a photographic portrait of MMU’ by Gavin Parry and David Penny, Manchester: Manchester School of Art, 2011

The archive includes prints, negatives and administrative material created during the production of the book and records the history of this creative process whilst also helping to facilitate further publication and research activity within Gavin and Dave’s ongoing series of ‘Anatomy Projects’.

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Elizabeth Lyons is a fine art photographer studying Creative Practice at Manchester School of Art. In this post, she shares her experience of working with Special Collections and how she was inspired to produce her own Artist’s Book.
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