Alan Spencer is a Bury-based photographer
who has been quietly accruing accolades and awards for his photographic
Former butcher, musician, and self-confessed
amateur, Alan only took to the camera after attending courses
at Bury Arts & Crafts Centre in 1996 and soon gained recognition
as his works began to appear in national photographic magazines.
Alan has no plans to turn professional. As
interested in money at all because I’m comfortable already.
I didn’t make a particularly good musician, or a butcher,
but I can take a good picture”
Among his many award-winning photos are “Swing
Dancers” (left), a picture of two period dancers at
East Lancs Railway Station in Rawtenstall, which won him ‘UK
Photographer of the Year’ title in a competition staged by the
North West Development Agency.
For his photo of “Ladies
Paddling at Blackpool” (above left) he was awarded
Winner in the Leisure Category of BBC North West Tonight &
North West Arts Board Millennium Photography Competition.
Alan was also recognised in the category
of Best Entrant Over 50 for his photographic entry in the 2001
Insight Guides Travel Photography Prize
The World Trade Centre New York is particularly
poignant, Alan having taken the iconic image of the Twin Towers
just 100 days before the tragedy of their demolition by terrorists
Alan is a regular visitor and photographer
of Venice, a city which he has recorded many, many times, including
the dramatic Grand Canal scene at night, many images of reflections
in canals and the most original image taken of the Venice Festival
He numbers celebrities like travel broadcaster
and photographer, Alan Wicker and the Duchess of Devonshire
among his admirers, as well as international photographers like
Lucinda Lambton. Ketty Palma, Grace Robertson and R Thurston
Alan can be contacted by telephone at 0161-764
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