/ Poles working in Manchester, England - request for facts
Merged:Manchester Poles Photography Project
I have just registered to this site as I am English photographer living in Manchester a city which now has a sizable Polish community. I believe the Poles have made a large contribution to the local economy both in labour and spending terms which is why I was dismayed following the riots in August when local residents attributed the rioters actions due to to "The Polish taking all our jobs". These comments were broadcast on SKY which has led me to produce a counter argument visually.
My intention is to produce a body of photographic work which shall portray Manchester's Polish workers to be exhibited next year in the City Centre. The images shall convey the real story and not the sham often portrayed.
Displayed alongside the images shall be text detailing the workers lives in Manchester (possibly the use of audio too) as a way to tell the story of the necessary act of reinvention as they track their new surroundings. The project shall show how they are forced to create a new way to live.
I am currently speaking to members of the Polish community in Manchester who so far have all supported my intentions offering assistance. I would like though to hear your views as to the project ie, - is it worthy, how would you like to see it approached etc. Or if there are any Manchester Poles who should like to be involved?