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Tough decisions for Stephen Shakeshaft

23 March 2009 by Sam

Man looking at photographs on a table

Stephen Shakeshaft with just a few of his photographs

Today anyone passing through our Design offices might have thought they’d taken a wrong turn and ended up in the news room of the Echo, with picture editor Stephen Shakeshaft sifting though a selection of photographs to pick the perfect ones to illustrate a story.

We haven’t started our own newspaper up though – Stephen was working on the selection process for an exhibition of his photographs which will open in the National Conservation Centre in September.

Many people will remember Stephen’s earlier exhibitions, which took a candid behind-the-scenes look at the famous faces from the worlds of football (Soccer Shots at the former Museum of Liverpool Life) and celebrity (Shooting Stars, also at the Conservation Centre). 

His next exhibition will cover a broader and arguably more fascinating subject – the people of Liverpool itself. Stephen has been photographing the city’s residents for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo since the 1960s, so it could be the understatement of the century to say that he’s a bit spoilt for choice in terms of material for this exhibition. As before his pictures will be accompanied by his fascinating anecdotes about the characters behind the pictures, giving an insight into the news and people that have helped shape the city over the last few decades.

Stephen has promised to keep the blog posted about progress and maybe even give a preview of some of the great stories behind some of his favourite pictures in the run up to the exhibition.

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