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Behind the lens: 29 photographs of Manchester audiences and singers by Simon Bowcock

A gig photographer who is as interested in those of us watching as he is in the performers on stage
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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Rebecca Hawley, Stealing Sheep
Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Mark Lanegan
Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Matt Berninger, The National
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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Gaby Young
The War on Drugs, Manchester Ritz

Adam Granduciel, The War on Drugs

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

John McClure, Reverend Soundsystem
Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Billy Bragg

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Pixies

Frank Black, Black Francis

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Marius Hagen, Team Me
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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Johnny Bramwell, I Am Kloot
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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Bernard Sumner, New Order
Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Johnny Rogoff, Yuck
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Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

Behind the lens: Simon Bowcock

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Jeff Tweedy, Wilco

Jeff Tweedy, Wilco

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'Wherever people have existed, so has music. For me, it’s the most fascinating aspect of being human. Why do we have music? What is it for? From philosophers to anthropologists, nobody really knows. Perhaps I’m trying to find out with a camera.

I’ve photographed musicians and their audiences all over Europe - from Glastonbury to Roskilde to Benicàssim - but nowhere more than in Manchester. Musicians love to perform in our city, world famous for its music, and for many of them Manchester is the highlight of a world tour.

Wonderful as it is, recorded music is a new-fangled invention which misses something vital. People have evolved to see music performed live - together with other people - and that’s where it comes to life. With my pictures, I think I’m trying to show music as it is, how it feels, what it means.'

www.simonbowcock.com

@simonbowcock

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