Modern day Manchester has been captured in a 24-hour social experiment. More than 30 professional and amateur Manchester-based photographers joined forces on Saturday 1st April to photograph the city and its people, creating a visual library of what Manchester means in 2017.

The project, called A Day In The Life, documented the people and places that make Manchester tick – from 24-hour party people to Saturday shoppers; landmarks to hidden hideaways.

Led by award-winning street photographer Mark Waugh, the photographers generated 1,600 images from midnight to midnight, documenting the length and breadth of Manchester, from Canal Street to Rusholme, Old Trafford to Ancoats.

The resulting images brought to life everything from politically charged social issues and colourful local communities to the alcohol-induced absurd.


Check out some of their best shots here:



Over the course of the day, the team recorded:

The plight of the city’s 189 rough sleepers trying to keep warm
A David and Goliath-style protest as Trafford-based families fought to keep their borough’s green belt land safe from property developers
V for Vendetta dressed vegan activists demanding attention for their cause
The brightest lights in the LGBT community coming out to play on the world famous Canal Street
Manchester United diehards descending on Piccadilly to see the Red Devils take on West Brom
Trainer fanatics camping out overnight to be the first to purchase the coveted, brand new £400 Jordan Ones
The next Ed Sheerans busking on Market Street
A flashmob style salsa class descending on Piccadilly gardens
A stag handcuffed to a dwarf

The full library of photos can now be viewed at

In the next stage of the project the A Day In The Life will be commissioning a local artist to print every photograph and transform the catalogue into a piece of art, providing a permanent testimony of the day in history. Dates of the exhibition will be announced on

Inspired by the blog Humans Of New York, which has 6.4million Instagram followers and 18 million Facebook followers, this definitive snapshot of Manchester is the idea of Stockport company

Ian Cowley, managing director of, says: “Life is fast, nowhere more so than in cities. That’s what makes Day In The Life so appealing – we’re taking moments in time and freezing them.”

Mark Waugh added: “Through this project we’ve brought to life the real power of photography. These pictures will forever testify what happened in Manchester on 1st April 2017 and because we are printing each and every one, we will ensure the legacy of this historic activity for the city’s future generations.”

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