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These photographs were taken by my grandfather, Michael John Burgess.

Many document the North West of England, including our hometown of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, circa 1960 onwards.

My grandfather was an amateur, yet passionate photographer. He was a quiet, observant man, traits which show through in his images.


He continued to make photographs up until his passing in 2021, after which I inherited his collection of over 20,000 negatives and positives, many of which remain unseen.

It is my intent to digitise his collection, making it available to the wider public. I hope by doing so I can spotlight my grandfather's talent, and raise awareness for Prostate Cancer, the disease which took him from us too soon.

Support for the project is welcomed. For enquiries please get in touch via the 'about' section on this website.

all images © ellie waters & m j burgess.
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