The most stationary of all stationery items, scissors hate to be hurried. I learned this as a child. You did too, probably. Don't run with scissors. A clear and simple instruction. Pencils, glue, staples... no problem. For them, like us, it's a finite existence. Time is short so don't dilly dally. But don't run with scissors.

Monday, 20 February 2012

fans of the smiths invited to salford lads club

Fans of The Smiths will be familiar with the iconic photograph of the band standing outside Salford Lads Club.

It was taken by Stephen Wright, in December 1985, and used as the gatefold artwork for the band’s penultimate album The Queen Is Dead, which was released in June 1986.

Since then Salford Lads Club has seen thousands of the band’s fans turn up from all over the world to take pictures, recreate the famous pose and so on.  Stephen Wright himself has done a number of official recreations, with fans making a modest donation to charity in return for having their pic taken by the man who shot The Smiths in Salford.

On 3 March, which is a little under two weeks’ time, Stephen will once again be at Salford Lads Club and has put out a call for Smiths fans – ideally with Morrissey-esque quiffs, and/or tattoos  to turn up for a special photo call.

Copyright: Stephen Wright /
The shots will go toward an exhibition being held at the Holden Gallery in Manchester.

The action will take place between 2pm and 5pm, on 3 March. There are more details toward the foot of this page.

The Salford Lads Club image has become so well-known and highly-regarded that it now forms part of the National Gallery’s photography collection

If you are a fan of The Smiths, but can’t make it, Stephen also sells limited edition prints of the Salford Lads Club shot, details here

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