Modern day Manchester has been captured in a 24-hour social experiment. A team of more than 30 amateur photographers joined forces on Saturday, April 1 to capture the city and its people, creating a visual library of what Manchester stands for in 2017.

View the full gallery here!

So what next?

We have worked with artist Nathan Wyburn to create a lasting testament to our A Day In The Life campaign. He has created a mosaic using the images we captured on April 1 2017 which pays tribute to Mancunian icon, Emmeline Pankhurst, who received the most votes in our poll.

The Manchester Corn Exchange will be showcasing the unique piece of artwork from Saturday 14th July, to celebrate the special day which captured the city of Manchester and its culture.


  • On 1st April 2017, more than 30 amateur photographers, led by award-winning photographer Mark Waugh, took to the streets for 24 hours, between midnight and midnight to document the city’s vibrancy, diverse community and the places that make it so unique.


  • 1,500 pictures were crowdsourced, spanning 24 hours in manchester.You can view all of the photos taken as part of the project here.


  • A poll decided which Mancunian legend was to be immortalised in a unique piece of artwork for the city centre.


  • Artist Nathan Wyburn’s challenge is to print EVERY image taken and use them to create a piece of art as a living testimony to this day in the city’s history.



About Nathan Wyburn

Nathan Wyburn, age 25, is a Welsh Fine Art graduate who specialises mostly in creating iconic celebrity portraits and ‘Pop culture’ imagery with non-traditional mediums such as Food (Marmite on Toast, Sauces, Sugar, Chocolate, Beans, Pizza, Sweets etc), along with other everyday items (Newspaper cut outs, Soil, Candles, Toothpaste, Fake tan, Motor Oil etc).


Due to the uniqueness of Nathan’s artistic flare and the popularity of his work, he has been featured on several TV shows including Britain’s Got Talent 2011 reaching the semifinals, Daybreak, Blue Peter, Sky Portrait Artist Of The Year & ITV news. Nathan has also been covered greatly in national and global press including Good Morning America, New York Magazine, PerezHilton.com, Buzzfeed and front cover of The Guardian. Big name brands such as Marmite, BIC, Oral B, Costa, Jacobs, Dominoes, Birdseye and Hovis have all independently commissioned Nathan. He also has over 10 million hits and 19,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Mark's Top Tips for Street Photography

Want to get involved but don’t know where to begin?

Mark has given us some top tips for street photography below:

1.  Always use manual if your camera has the option, the program modes have improved but you’re the photographer so take control of your cameras exposure.

2. Try and spend a second looking around the scene just before you press the shutter.

3. Have your better work printed, digital is great but prints are better.

4. Find an image that you like and have a go at making your version.

5. Follow photographers you like for inspiration.

6. New gear isn’t going to make you a better photographer, so use what you have but get out and get the experience.

7. Think about the subject but the background is just as important.

8. Use your camera so much that you can change feature without thinking.

9. Set yourself projects.

10. Be nice to everyone you meet, even if they start off aggressive, a smile and a calm chat can win someone around, doing street photography you will get into trick situations.


Mark will be hosting a workshop on April 1st to give you all you need to get out onto the streets of Manchester with confidence that you’ll capture the perfect picture.


Our Photographer - Mark Waugh

Edinburgh born, Manchester based Mark Waugh started his photography career as a photographic printer, becoming the personal printer to Brian Ollier portrait photographer. Between assisting commercial photographers Mark become the darkroom assistant at the South Manchester Reporter, working as a photographer in the evenings and weekends. Soon he was a full time staff photographer, for all the papers newspapers and magazines.

Moving on to the Manchester Evening News in the 1990’s , Mark soon made a name for himself gaining national press awards and a reputation for creative artist photography.

The down turn in the print media industry meant the MEN had to lose its staff photographers, but the then editor fought to keep Mark as the only staff photographer on the paper. Carrying on winning awards and building his reputation.

Today Mark is a premier photographer working freelance for newspapers, commercial clients, and his love of design has taken Mark into architectural photography.


A Day In The Life

Check out the other cities which have taken part in the A Day In The Life series:

A Day In The Life Bristol – August 2017

A Day In The Life Glasgow – April 2018

A Day In The Life Liverpool – October 2018

A Day In The Life Newcastle – March 2019

A Day In The Life Cardiff – September 2019