Like you've never been away

Photographs by Paul Trevor

13 May to 25 September 2011

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

In 1975 Paul Trevor came to Liverpool to document inner city deprivation for the 'Survival Programmes' project. His remarkable photographs told a different story however. Their backdrop may be the dereliction of post-war Liverpool. But these images went beyond this bleak cityscape and got close to his real subject: families and children.

This exhibition of Paul's direct and honest street photography showed life as it was lived in a community defiant in the face of poverty, unemployment and the state of their surroundings. He depicted a place where the streets and wastelands became playgrounds, the family was a constant, and where children seem fun-loving and free.

Paul returned to the same Liverpool communities in the summer of 2010. After a lively reunion with local residents, one said:

"Paul, it's like you've never been away!"

Find out more about the exhibition:

Look11 photography festival

This exhibition was part of Liverpool's first ever international photography festival, Look11. Further information is on the Look11 website.


National Museums Liverpool would like to thank the West Everton Community Council and Granby Toxteth Development Trust for their support and assistance.

Paul Trevor would like to thank Ian Boland for remembering, and sparking off the exhibition.

Paul would also like to thank Jenni Smith, Steve Joyce and Tom Groves, the team who printed the show, for their superb