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Museum of Science and Industry

Open for Business

Open daily until 3rd Aug 2014
Event times
10:00 - 17:00

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of 9 Magnum photographers.

Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti visited over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Their photographs take us from traditional, handmade crafts to modern, intelligent automation; from foundries and assembly lines to research laboratories and high tech cleanrooms, showing an economic sector of extraordinary resilience and diversity.

British industry faces several challenges and Open for Business reveals the daily struggle as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing's effect on culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

The Photographers' Stories

Hear stories from each of the Magnum photographers about their experiences photographing British manufacturers for Open for Business.

Open for Business

See behind the scenes on the Open for Business Tumblr.

Image: © Allesandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos

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