In 1975, Paul Trevor came to Liverpool to photograph Liverpool’s urban deprivation for the Exit Photography Group. His photographs of children in Everton and Toxteth brilliantly capture the exuberance of youth in a setting of urban decay. A genuinely uplifting book which is published to coincide with Paul’s major retrospective at the Walker Art Gallery.
Paul Trevor spent six months of 1975 documenting life on Liverpool’s most deprived streets. “It’s like you’ve never been away,” remarked one of his subjects when he returned to the Everton and Granby areas of Liverpool last summer, in search of the faces in his pictures.
The exhibition at the Walker Gallery of those photos, Like You’ve Never Been Away, has just finished, but you can find many of them on his Flickr gallery and in the book of the same name.
“To photograph kids today in the way I did is literally impossible,” he says Trevor. “This generation today is the first since photography was invented that is not being photographed in the same way. We live in a very different world and parents don’t feel so safe letting their kids out. Their kids are busy with computer games, there’s a lot of paranoia.”
The deprivation probably looks worse in monochrome, but the smiles and the michief are genuine. What I find scary is that photo’s with this look and this subject were taken not only in living memory but in my memory and are not unlike some of the parts of London where I grew up at the time. RC
Like You’ve Never Been Away is published by The Bluecoat Press, Liverpool, and is available from bookshops and Amazon at £9.99