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Picturing the life of L.S. Lowry
Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 18:08 by Adam Higgins
Longdendale News

Intimate photographs of L.S. Lowry at his home in Mottram in 1966 are to go on display in Salford for the first time – more than 50 years after they were commissioned.

The shots were taken by a young Clive Arrowsmith – who went on to achieve international renown as a fashion and portrait photographer.

The magazine, which the photographs were intended for in the 1960s, only ever published a small selection of the shots – and the remaining images were stored in Clive’s archive, where they remained until they were uncovered by his daughter, Eugenie, who was cataloguing her father’s work.

The photographs will now form part of a major exhibition at The Lowry in Salford Quays called Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 – Unseen photographs by Clive Arrowsmith, which will run from June 10 – September 24.

The photographs also show Lowry on the streets of Salford – the setting for many of his iconic industrial scenes.

The man behind the lens: Clive Arrowsmith with his pictures of Mottram painter L.S. Lowry

Claire Stewart, curator of the LS Lowry collection at The Lowry, said: “Lowry was an incredibly private man, which make Clive’s images all the more special.

“They show the very sparse nature of his home life, from where he painted some of his most famous work. Needless to say, we were very excited to receive Eugenie’s call and are delighted to be sharing them with the world for the very first time.”

Clive said: “The Lowry shoot was such a graphic insight into Lowry’s hidden life. Having been a painter up until this time, it was this project that changed my mind to photography.”

You can see the pictures at The Lowry, Sunday to Friday from 11am-5pm and Saturdays between 10am-5pm from June 10. Admission is free.

At home: Painter Lawrence Stephen Lowry on the steps of his home in Mottram (Picture by Clive Arrowsmith)


Main picture:

Home comforts: Painter Lawrence Stephen Lowry at the desk in his studio (Picture by Clive Arrowsmith)