Book Launch: ‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’

The M62 stretches from Liverpool to Hull, passing Manchester and Leeds on the way. Millions use it each year, but how do we chronicle its impact?

Kevin Crooks, a photographer from St Helens, winner of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise, has been working on the project for a number of years following the completion of an MA in Photography. ‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’ is a culmination of the work that has been produced up to this current, initial stage of the project.

‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’, a new photobook exploring the historical, geographical, geological, social and economic transformations that the roadway has brought to the North of England, will be launched at the open Eye Gallery in Liverpool on 16th November.

Kevin said “The project is related to a project which I began researching throughout my MA in Photography which I studied at UCLan in 2014. The project will be geographically placed within a selected number of communities and towns that have a connection with the M62.”

“I am particularly interested in centring my focus on people who are placed within these communities through exploring and examining their thoughts and opinions about the Governments ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative. I am hoping to produce a narrative which discusses and debates this theme and which can be communicated through a series of photographic images.”

Kevin has been supported throughout the production of the book by Heart of Glass. The book has been designed by Richard Higginbottom and will be published by Tide Press in November 2017.

The images within the book are accompanied by text from John Davies, a Church of England Vicar who wrote a biographical account of a Trans-Pennine Journey that he documented titled ‘Walking the M62’. The book also contains the illustrations of Tonwen Jones.

Book launch. 16th November. Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1BP. Facebook event

Tickets to the book launch are FREE and available here

Kevin Crooks



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