Rare photographs of LS Lowry – ‘lost’ in the attic of a celebrated photographer for more than 50 years – are now on display at The Lowry.
Taken by Clive Arrowsmith in 1966 as part of a commission for the legendary Nova magazine, the images provide an extraordinary insight into the private life of one of Britain’s most popular artists.
They are now the focus of a major exhibition, Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 – Unseen photographs by Clive Arrowsmith, which will run from 10 June – 24 September 2017.
The photographs show Lowry at his home in Mottram-in-Longdendale and on the streets of Salford – the setting for many of his iconic industrial scenes.
Nova only ever published a small selection of the commission – and the remaining images were filed in the Arrowsmith archive, where they remained until they were uncovered by his daughter, Eugenie, who was cataloguing her father’s work.
Clive is best known for his iconic images of some of the world’s most famous actors, models and rock stars – from Jean Shrimpton to David Bowie.
One of the images of Lowry features Elizabeth Kennedy, then 13 years old, who was photographed alongside a man she had never heard of – or ever thought of again. 50 years later she’s found herself the focus of this exhibition, after coming forward when she saw the image in an article about the display in the MEN. Commenting at the opening, Elizabeth said: “I had no idea who he was. I remember thinking ‘I just want to get home and eat my chips’.”
Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 – Unseen photographs by Clive Arrowsmith
10 June – 24 September 2017
Admission free. Donations welcome.
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000