Claire Atkinson is a 0 award winning, sparsely exhibited photographer based in Manchester, England.

Born 1988.


“Quite often, street photography pays attention to extraordinary occurrences within a city. In contrast to the unusual and sometimes fantastical, Claire Atkinson manages to capture the more realistic, everyday perspective of the daily life of Manchester.

Atkinson’s ever-changing ‘Manc’ characters and backdrops show Manchester for its true self. The delightful personalities to be found on public transport, the caffeine-addicts through steamy café windows and the rushing feet of business along rainy pavements. We are not only given a taste of Manchester, but a rushing, blurry, reflection of Britain as a grumpy, ageing, multicultural nation.”

- Article Magazine

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  1. Sorry, wasn’t sure where to put this ! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award :) You can find out how to participate on my blog :) x

  2. Thanks for following Claire. I love the way You treat photograph, it is so beautiful tough of You. Not too different, i start my personal project of street photograph (for making traditional market green map, actually).

  3. I like your photography. Wanted to ask you something on your ask page, but it turned out that one had to be signed into facebook, and I’m not… so forgive me for asking here. Why do you choose only to shoot with film?

    • Forgive me again. I’ve already found the answer to my question in the interview with Leica. As a veteran photographer, who once developed and printed his own film in color and b&w, I find it hard to understand the attachment some young people have to film… but what matters to me is the work, and your work is excellent.

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  5. Hi Claire I am pleased to be finding your blog. Love what you have to say here, crack me up re: the 0 award winnings. At the end of the day awards don’t mean much. Your photography however does.

  6. Claire Atkinson is a 0 award winning, sparsely exhibited photographer based in Manchester, England. Wonderful statement. feel like stealing it.

  7. Claire, I love your world and that you bring it to me with your lens is indeed an honor. Photography is a labor of love and that you take time to show your labors to the world is very kind of you. Thank you for sharing and following me.

    P.s. I plan to visit England next year and look forward to seeing many of these scenes soon enough. I rarely photography people (except family for personal need) but i will def focus more on people when I travel to France this summer and to your world next year. Thank you; YOU have inspired me already with your blog.

    A pleasure to meet you,

    ~ tonia

    • oh thank you so much, a lovely message like this makes it all worthwhile. i really appreciate it

      i hope you have a fabulous time in england with your camera! keep in touch


  8. Thanks for dropping in on my meanderings Claire. I’ve had a look some of your photographs of my home (at least it was the nearest to me!) city dear old/new mixed up Manchester. They are great and reveal the real story in a very Iain Sinclair kind of gritty fashion. Brilliant. Please drop in again and I’ll do likewise.

  9. Getting to know Manchester slowly through your great work is fun. It will make a future visit to that legendary city more special.
    And I would say this many comments is a kinda of an award :D

  10. Love what you are offering on your site and look forward to exploring more after this wonderful Christmas vortex of energy is over. Thank you for your follow at art rat cafe – I am honoured…

  11. Hi Claire, i really like your photo of the kid in the pushchair in the shop. As you asked for what we’d like to see and how to use that blog, i suggest you create categories to group your photos around directions that you art takes- for example ‘people’, ‘oddities’, whatever your themes, it will make it easier for your visitors to navigate your portfolio. Best,

  12. Dear Claire,

    Your series “Impressions” is one of the best I´ve ever seen. I´ve looked at quite a few photos, and this one is outstanding. Keep up the good work.

  13. I have, this morning, nominated you for a lovely blog award:


    I don’t really do viral self-replicating blog awards but it was nice to be nominated and it gave me the chance to give something back: your photos, as I’ve told everyone I know, are tremendous.

    I handpicked the very best of the blogs I read. You deserve this, but please, please do not feel you have to accept it! However, if you do, you know what to do next.

  14. You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award

  15. Hi! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/a-community-garden-and-abc-awards/ .
    Accepting awards to enable you to nominate other worthy recipients isn’t for the faint hearted or time poor, so please accept if you choose and there’s no timeframe on responding, or obligation to do so if it’s not right for you.
    Best wishes,

  16. Hi Claire – I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please check out my post “Two Awards” for details. Should you accept, and I hope you do – please pay it forward and nominate a few people. Your work is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!


  17. Hello Claire, I just read your post about the letter from the arts magazine!
    I thought I should tell you thanks for making your blog a true real life blog with real pictures that can only emphasize the beauty of your surroundings … Keep up the good work and keep on bringing us Manchester though your lens … :)

  18. Hi,
    Recently http://elladeewords.wordpress.com was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Pete Denton – Writer http://petedenton.wordpress.com.
    I have posted the award details at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-7-things-about-elladee/.
    The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
    1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
    Your blog is amongst the 20 that amuse & inspire me I nominated as my part in fulfilling rule 3. If you feel so inclined, please accept from me the Versatile Blogger Award, and my congratulations for great blogging, and pass it on to others also deserving.

    Best regards,

  19. I heard Manchester is a great city. I would love to visit it one day. I’m not a fan of Manchester United, but to see Manchester City is now awaken from its long slumber is a great thing.

    And I love your photography by the way! So original! :-)

    Subhan Zein

  20. Wanted to thank you personally for subbing to my blog and check out your place. I like your style, and I’ve always wanted to visit the U.K. so it’s nice to see quality photos around the country. You may not have won awards yet, but I’m sure they’re coming :]

    Cheers from an American in South Korea!

  21. Claire Atkinson, good day and thank your for following my blog. Your work here is absolutely wonderful, these pics reflect the beauty of how you see the world. Claire keep on shooting these amazing images as you see a lot people adore!

    Peace be with you, Rob Young (The Urban Flux.com).

  22. thank you for following the blog. interesting fact is that i got my degree from UMIST and lived in Manchester for 5 years :>

    Q: i see a trend in your photography in the sense that there is a glass wall in some of the picture
    like a bus stop glass or a shop glass. any significance to this ? i only see the practical nature of it in the sense that this makes the objects unaware of you photographing them but i’ll leave the real answer to you :>

  23. I like to shoot around the same area as you if I go into Manchester…if I ever bump into you, I’ll say hi.

    *Stalker alert*

    (Joke, obviously….)

  24. Oh Claire! You’ve made some beautiful things happen – thank you for sharing what your eyes see. I especially love the photographs that feature water, as puddles or condensation, I think you’ve made those especially magical. Thank you for dropping by my blog, I hope to be by here more often as well!

  25. Like happyfoodbaby I get anxious about taking photos of people in the street, lots of people are okay with it but one of your ladies doesn’t look too amused! I like your flickr stream!

  26. Your photo’s have a poetry about them which is rare or rather unique but what strikes me most is that I can see how much you enjoy making these photo’s, they are not labored but they are refined.
    Thank you

  27. Hi Claire, your photos are wonderful. I aspire to take some really great street photographs like these but I’m always afraid people will get annoyed if I take their photo. Do people ever mind you snapping them? Or do they just continue on with their day? What kind of camera do you use, if you don’t mind me asking? Keep up the good work, it’s really lovely to look at, you have a great eye for mundane but striking imagery.

  28. Hi Claire,

    Nice photos, thanks for following my blog. I intend to do more street photography. I’ve been doing mostly landscapes. I’m considering applying for a commission for an arts project. That will mean not only writing and photography but talking to the public! I’m not sure if I’m ready for ‘engaging’ with the public! I have one photograph exhibited so far at the local hospital; we have to start somewhere!

  29. Claire, I must admit it would never occur to me to take my camera to town. I like getting out in the country with it. However, your photographs are a wonderful demonstration of what is possible if you put your mind to it. Thanks for following my blog. Given that I don’t often post my photos on my blog (I have to work quite hard at finding a good excuse to use them), it is very flattering to have so many photographers choose to follow it on the basis of those I have used. Keep up the good work.

  30. Just wanted to let you know, that since I moved to a self hosted site, I lost all of my wordpress.com followers. Im sending a notice out to let you know you may not receive emails or notifications about posts I write unless you follow me again! Thank you so much and look forward to seeing you at my site!

    Viva la journey,


  31. Hi Claire thanks so much for following my blog :) I love street photography so I will be checking out your photos

  32. Just having my first cup of coffee and reading your introduction sentence brought a smile to my face. Bernhard Wolf is a 0 award winning, not exhibited photographer based in Vienna, that country close to Southern Germany. Sounds good to me.

  33. Hi Claire
    I’ve been meaning to thank you for stopping by my blog for nearly a week. I like the look of your blog and really enjoyed your introduction.

  34. “Claire Atkinson is a 0 award winning, sparsely exhibited photographer based in Manchester, England.” That line just made me smile! We have lots in common.

  35. Thank you for following me! I love seeing photographers from all over the world and you following me gave me the chance to see your work! I admit, yours is much more entertaining!

  36. Hi Clair, Thanks for visiting and subscribing to my blog. Your visit drew me to look at your blog and website. There are a lot of shots that I think are great but I’m not going to click through to like them all (Well I may dip into a few because there are some brilliant pics here!). I’ll subscribe and from here on I’ll let you know my comments as you post new entries. I’m not a huge fan of street phoptography as most people approach it because it can feel intrusive. I think some of your shots of people fit into that catagory – however most are shot in a way that is less intrusive and often the people are anonymised (!?). Thats about your approach and keen eye. Many street photographers just don’t try hard enough! I think the more interesting shots are the ones where people are not indentifiable. They ask more of the viewer and I imagine are more challenging creatively. Great stuff. Cheers. Best wishes from Little bits of Sheffield.

  37. Hi Claire. Thanks for following me on WordPress. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing your work. Throughout the nineties, I lived, studied and worked in Manchester. I shared a house with friends in Old Trafford back in the day. I miss that city, especially the night-life in Chorlton. I’ll make sure to take a closer look at your posts very soon. Kind regards – Paul

  38. Claire, one of the best things about your following my blog is that it has enabled me to discover yours. What lovely photographs — and a gorgeous cat!


  39. Claire,
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I’m relatively new to blogging so I’m always amazed when someone actually wants to hear more of what I say there.
    I just love the “0 award winning, sparsely exhibited” bit! I’m enjoying looking at your photography.
    Be well,

  40. Howdy –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m glad you did, I’m going to enjoy reading your blog also…….

  41. Hi Claire, I notive you have a flickr feed/widget on your blog side bar. did you have to buy this? I can’t seem to pull it up on mine and we use the same template (twenty eleven). Any help greatly appreciated. nice shots. JP

  42. Hi Claire thanks for popping by and following my blog. I try to keep it interesting although have been tied up with lots of bits and pieces recently…however I will keep to my word and update a photo everyday, no matter how mundane. Loved looking at your pics….brought back many memories, Curry in Rusholme one of the best!! Lived up north for nearly 20 years and still have family there. Will follow with interest – good luck with your exhibition, how exciting!!

  43. Hi Claire! Thanks for stopping by Lorain365 and the follow – I’m glad you liked what you saw!
    You’ve got some great pictures here. I especially like your people shots. That’s something I really need to work on because it is way out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the inspiration :-)


  44. Thanks for stopping by Onelifethislife and becoming a subscribing reader. Love to have you. I hope that you’ll visit again.

    I love street photography which is why i love your blog! I get a bit nervous taking photos of of people I don’t know. There are so many laws here about privacy it’s taken the surprise element out of it for me. Not to mention the look in people’s eyes when actually ask to do so. Maybe it’s not that way everywhere but that has been my experience anyway.

  45. “Britain as a grumpy, ageing, multicultural nation.” I like it! I’m tempted to give you an award for making me giggle with that line… but I don’t want to ruin the opening line of your About page (“0 award winning”)

  46. I love how you find the mundane things in life and zero in on them as subjects for your photography. It is the mundane that truly reflects who we are and not what we would love to portray about ourselves.

  47. thanks for following my blog! (Oakland, my Oakland!) yours looks great too! Street photography is one of the things that as you go about your day and you just shoot as the impulse guides you to, if you get a good shot or two it can really make the day for you. Keep shooting! I hope I entertain you with my ramblings….

  48. Hello, Claire, thanks for dropping by and reading. :)

    “The delightful personalities to be found on public transport, the caffeine-addicts through steamy café windows and the rushing feet of business along rainy pavements.” Yes, the everyday scenes are also worth looking at, writing about and appreciating, ‘no? ^^

    Regards to you in Manchester. You’ve great pics. Salamat. :)

  49. Great blog, glad you dropped by mine and started following. I’m always interested to see what photographers focus on in bigger cities and other countries… I’m from a mid-sized town in the middle of America and so the internet has been amazing as I am too poor to travel anywhere :)

  50. Hi Claire, thanks for the following, I must say that u have inspired me in doing the street photography, which i haven’t started yet, but i will someday :D. I Love every shot u took! great work & congrats on the exhibition!

  51. You have a unique artistic photographic sense. A semi-blurred image often opens up reader’s imagination. You might want to change 0 award, the appreciating words of readers here is a testimony of an award in itself. And I am sure number is bound to increase leaps & bounds. Thanks for visiting my blog and following it.

  52. Claire, I admire art that doesn’t need titles so that the title becomes part of the art. Yours is really thought-provoking. “Sparsely exhibited”, I think, must be a good thing, right? :) :)

  53. thanks for following! i don’t think there’s much to see in my blog for you, but i must say that it will be a pleasure to follow yours. i don’t get to travel much so i love looking at pictures of random places.

    i don’t really care much for photography awards since i’m no photographer. for me it’s just a matter of “hey that’s a nice shot” or “whoops, let’s check the next one”.

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