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Photographer traces Liverpool families from 1975
Children in Liverpool
The pictures capture a community in high spirits despite rising unemployment and growing levels of poverty

A photographer who captured images of a Liverpool community 35 years ago is returning to the city to trace the stars of his pictures.

Paul Trevor worked on a 1975 project called 'Survival Programmes'.

He spent several months recording family life in Liverpool, capturing a time of upheaval and deprivation as unemployment hit the inner city.

The pictures, many which have never been seen before, will be displayed at a new photography exhibition in 2011.

Paul is now trying to trace the subjects of his pictures, many were children photographed playing in the streets on the edge of the city centre.

"I have fond memories of my time spent recording life in 1975," Paul said.

"Despite initially worrying whether I would be accepted into the community, people were very friendly and happy to be photographed."

Two community days, one in Everton, the other in Toxteth will take place at the end of August where a selection of photographs will be displayed for residents to view.

Children in an alleyway
Children portrayed in the images would now be in their 40s

"Britain's inner cities were difficult places to live in during that era," Paul recalls of 1975.

"Opportunities to progress in life were extremely limited. There were simply not the jobs for people. Life was hard.

"But it was not all doom and gloom. I found people who were good humoured, cheerful and full of energy."

"I'm excited to be returning to Liverpool later this month to try and track down some of the people in the photographs.

"Dozens of these pictures have never been seen before. I'm curious to find out what happened to the families that I met back in the seventies."

A selection of the images can be seen on Paul Trevor's Flickr site .

Paul hopes to re-photograph any families he traces in their new homes and communities, "I think it would be fascinating to see what those youngsters did with their lives and find out how they are now.

"It will bring the work I started in 1975 full circle."

The two community days where pictures will be displayed and Paul Trevor will be available are on Wednesday, 26 August at West Everton Community Council, Everton Brow from 1800-2000BST and Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Lodge Lane from 1700-2000BST.

Paul Trevor's 1975 pictures will be shown as part of Liverpool's first international photography festival, Look2011.




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