Liverpool in the 1980s: Amazing Photographs Captured a City That Refused to Lie Down in the Face of Adversity

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The 1980s were a time of turmoil and upheaval for Liverpool. Unemployment and economic instability led to widespread disquiet, culminating in public shows of resistance such as the 1981 Toxteth Riots. Liverpool also elected its first Labour council in 1983, who promised to stand up for what they saw as unjust cuts under the Thatcher government. However, the people of Liverpool were strong in the face of this upheaval, and glimpses of light can be found in dark times.

Dave Sinclair became interested in Liverpool’s urban landscape while was studying Art at Liverpool Polytechnic in 1980, and began shooting the people, streets, derelict factories, docks and protests around him throughout the decade. As official photographer for the Militant, his stunning images show a city that refused to lie down in the face of adversity.

(Photos by Dave Sinclair)

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