The Lowry shopping centre, restaurants and apartments surrounding it always have an eerie quality to them – it’s so quiet in comparison to Manchester city centre that it’s easy to imagine there’s been a zombie outbreak somewhere. Maybe this will change when the BBC finally completes its move to Media City, but nevertheless the Imperial War Museum North continues to pull in the tourists, and it’s easy to see why when you visit their latest exhibition: War Correspondent – Reporting Under Fire Since 1914.
The exhibition is open until January 2012 and showcases the best of British war correspondents from the last century, focusing on journalists such as Clare Hollingworth, Kate Adie, Maggie O’Kane, Michael Nicholson, Martin Bell, Richard Dimbleby and Jon Simpson. Located on the first floor, the exhibition area is packed floor-to-ceiling with war journalism artefacts including photographs, notebooks and videos.
War correspondents arguably have the most important role in journalism as they are chroniclers of the world’s most important, life-changing events. This exhibition challenges every visitor’s opinion about war and holds their attention throughout – the first exhibit you will meet is a video wall of the now infamous war report in Iraq by Jon Simpson, which showed the cameraman’s own blood trickling over the lens. You cannot look away from these images and the exhibition is designed with precisely that theme in mind. Continue reading