FASCINATING pictures of life in Skelmersdale in the 1980s have been published in a new book that could soon be appearing in the Tate and other art galleries.
Stephen McCoy was Skelmersdale’s resident photographer in 1983 and 1984, thanks to a commission from Merseyside Arts.
During his time in this post he oversaw the Skelmersdale project that was put on display in the local library and is now published in the book, Skelmersdale 1984.
He said: “It was about the people and it was set up quite carefully with a 5x4 camera with a large format and tripod.
“I looked for interesting backdrops and talked to people about what I was doing, so it is also about their participation.
“I was very conscious at the time that I was an outsider, so I wanted to engage and get involved.”
Stephen, from Crosby, approached Craig Atkinson from Cafe Royal Books to publish a selection of the photographs.
Stephen said: “I think there is a lot of merit to the work. It is not about nostalgia, but more a historical documentation of how things have changed since then.”
Craig, a publisher and lecturer in fine art at UCLAN, said: “As a selection of images they are really interesting and curious.
“The Tate and the other galleries collect a lot of my books.”
Stephen has been a professional photographer for all his working life and set up a commercial photography business, McCoy Wynne, 17 years ago with Stephanie Wynne.
He said: “It is a partnership that allows me to do both corporate and personal projects.
“Stephanie helped with the editing of Skelmersdale 1984.”
There could even be a follow-up visit to document life today, he said: “It is a possibility. I have been back a few times and I like the urban landscape and environment.
“The mix of people there interests me a lot.”
For details of the book, Skelmersdale 1984, visit www.caferoyalbooks.com