‘Coronation Street’, Salford, UK, April 1979
Having worked in Greater Manchester since the 1950s, Denis Thorpe was best placed to photograph the demolition of the city’s Victorian back-to-back slums. Denis’s love of backlighting came to the fore as he shot Salford’s Archie Street, which had been immortalised in the opening credits for ITV’s CoronationStreet. This was the last frame of the last of five rolls of film he shot that day. It was used as the lead image for the subsequent article published in the
Guardian on April 25, 1979.