Workers celebrate with a well-earned pint after laying the final beam during the construction of the new St Mary’s hospital in Manchester. The image recalls the iconic Lunch Atop a Skyscraper; the elevation is more modest here, but the mood is similar, the men appearing relaxed at an exposed height that many of us would be fearful of. Tom Stuttard was one of the Guardian’s first staff photographers, and worked for the paper for 46 years (1925-1971). During that time he transitioned from using large-format equipment with glass-plate negatives, to the more modern handheld cameras used to capture this image – a visual reminder of Manchester’s changing urban landscape in the 1960s.
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