1984 Looks Like This

David Dunnico
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Manchester documentary photographer David Dunnico brings together his photographs of CCTV surveillance and his collection on George Orwell's novel '1984', in a new exhibition.

For a number of years, Dunnico has documented the rise of CCTV surveillance in a series of graphic black and white images, looking at those who operate it, sell it and oppose it. Alongside this, he has also built up a collection of editions and ephemera about George Orwell's 1984 – the book’s changing covers tell how every new generation of readers finds Orwell's work frighteningly relevant to their own times. This exhibition brings both of these together and shows images of CCTV in use around Salford and Manchester, artwork of covers of George Orwell’s 1984. It explores the book's themes and engages the audience by making them think and ask questions, so they can decide whether Big Brother is watching them.

There is a booklet to go with the exhibition available for free download from:

Dunnico was a speaker at a Redeye meeting at the start of this project and led our 'Security and Surveillance Photo Walk' in 2010.

As part of the exhibition there will be 2 talks:

Saturday 2 June 2 to 4pm ‘Cover Story’ talk – David Dunnico talks about the cover deisgns of George Orwell’s book ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. As part of the talk you can see a rare 1953 American TV adaptation of 1984, starring Eddie Albert and Lorne Green, it has never been shown of British TV.

Saturday 16 June 2 to 4pm
‘Documentary Photo’ talk – David Dunnico talks about how to make a start in documentary photography. As part of the talk you can watch Nino Leitner’s documentary about CCTV in the UK ‘Every Step You Take’.

Both talks will be given in the school room, in the North Gallery.
The exhibition is in the Langworthy Gallery.

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