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M Shed

21 March – 21 June 2015

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The story of the contemporary British manufacturing industry is told through the lens of nine documentary photographers.

In 2013 magnum photographers visited 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies. The pictures they shot provide a behind-the-scenes account of British industry in practice, focusing on the work, activities and lives of the employees.

The project also emphasises the struggles facing businesses today – such as attempts to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition – as well as manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life.

Contributing photographers are Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti.

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Bristol based photographer Martin Parr has captured some of the most innovative businesses in the city. These include Cameron Balloons’ – the largest manufacture of hot air balloons in the world for over 40 years – BAE Systems and Aardman Animations.

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Opening times

Tue – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Open Bank Holidays

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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