The Smiths, Morrissey, ‘Free Trade Hall, No.III’ © Stephen Wright at Proud Galleries

The Smiths, Morrissey, ‘Free Trade Hall, No.III’

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

‘This is my favourite Morrissey photo – it is classic young Morrissey. The front stage area at the concert was like a massive rugby scrum, so there was no chance of getting photos. I climbed into the rigging on the side of the stage and hid. I could only afford one reel of film and had to walk home. This was a long way from digital cameras with hundreds of shots on a card! This and the bum and flowers photo were shot the first time I got to shoot the Smiths and led to the Queen is Dead album sleeve session.’ Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright, from Reading, bought his first camera at 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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