Commissioning Body – British Shipbuilders
The Smith’s Dock work arose with the announcement of the closure of the yard by British Shipbuilders in May 1986. Ian Macdonald and Len Tabner were already working together on a book about the river Tees estuary, which was eventually published in 1989. Smith’s Dock was a major part of life on the industrial river and would have been part of a larger picture of the river scape
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Commissioning Body – CONOCO
The Offshore commission, which included photographing in the shipyards of the Tyne, where offshore modules and accommodation platforms were being constructed, on the heavy lifting barge DB102 in the North Sea, on a deep sea Belgium tug and on a drilling platform in the south of the North Sea, arose directly from the Smith’s Dock work previously commissioned by British Shipbuilders and Northern Arts.
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Commissioning Body – Max Fordham & Partners
The Circle was a private housing development in London’s docklands next to Butler’s Wharfe, the spice wharfe at Shad Thames beside London Bridge.
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Commissioning Body – Hartlepool Museums Service
The plans to develop a new and reduced size fish quay in old Hartlepool on the north east coast of England, saw Ian working under commission from Hartlepool Museums Service to record the last days of the old quay, its sheds, buildings and, more especially its old market, before demolition swept everything before it.
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Commissioning Body – Skinningrove Bonfire Committee
Since 1980 the people of Skinningrove, a small village on the north east coast of Yorkshire, have built a large bonfire to celebrate 5 November, helped by community arts workers.
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