The Smiths, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, ‘Salford Lads Club, No.II’ © Stephen Wright at Proud Galleries

The Smiths, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, ‘Salford Lads Club, No.II’

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© Stephen Wright
Salford, U.K. 1984
Fuji crystal archive lustre finish photographic paper print hand signed by the photographer
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘Apparently it is the most famous photo session of The Smiths and that makes me smile. To me I count myself so very lucky, as a huge fan to have got the opportunity to see and shoot The Smiths live and then to get to meet them and shoot the Salford Lads images. The first live show I shot was in 1984 at the Free Trade Hall – I was so skint I could only afford one reel of film and had to walk a long way home. The Salford Lads photo session was shot on a cold, dark, winter day in Salford, yet somehow it set the right mood. I and friend George Pace went to shoot the session mid December with a pocketful of film and a bit of taxi fare. It seems so casual and un-posed and in a way that’s just how it came together.’ Stephen Wright

Originally from Reading, Stephen bought his first camera at  age 21 from the £40 he won on a premium bond. By 1983 he was taking live pictures of Manchester bands like The Smiths for music magazines and record companies. These days his body of work sits as part of the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Salford Art Gallery. All rather funny when the original film was processed in a bedroom-darkroom, with the chemicals kept in old drinks bottles.

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