Photo – Manchester Drunks On New Year’s Eve – Seen as Renaissance Art

Preston, England
January 4, 2016 9:02am CST
This 2016 photo has gone surprisingly viral. Professional photographer Joel Goodman spent his New Year’s Eve / Day photographing drunks staggering around in and outside bars. It’s not like he was trying to photograph The Loch Ness Monster – he could have seen plenty of drunks in any town or city centre in the Western World. He chose Manchester. One image he captured has been acclaimed as comparable to Renaissance art, and though action packed with police tending to one drunkard while another lies in the middle of the street still holding his beer, it has lots of poor compositional aspects. The police all face away from camera, traffic posts and lamp-posts block the way. One passer by grins at the camera in a hello Mum fashion. The photo is not likely to be just praised for its aesthetic merits (it has already been transformed into a computer art poster print painting), it is going to fuel the anti-binge drinking Prohibition by degrees lobby who will wave it as a typical street scene. To me its impact is more akin to Hogarth’s Gin Lane studies of London in 1751 than any Renaissance work. The photographer happened to be in a good spot to capture an image he was already actively consciously pursuing – people getting drunk on a special annual occasion. Who would have thunk it? Arthur Chappell
This photo is rather epic - and it seems the internet agrees.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
4 Jan 16
It wonder how much money it cost these idiots to end up sprawled in a drunken stupor on the streets?
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• Preston, England
4 Jan 16
probably quite a bit - from the location they were probably in one of the Printworks bars, probably Tiger Tiger or the Birdcage - just getting in would be expensive
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
4 Jan 16
@arthurchappell Yes, they are certainly not the cheapest places to buy drinks and the prices in those establishments should be sufficient to stop drunkenness completely.
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• Preston, England
4 Jan 16
@Asylum people will spend more for Xmas and new year - those drunks probably don't get so wild most of the year round - seasoned drinkers call xmas eve and new year's eve amateur nights precisely because of such scenes
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@celticeagle (118680)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Jan 16
How embarrassing. I am glad I don't drink anymore.
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@louievill (18981)
• Philippines
4 Jan 16
In my personal opinion i think it gets it's appeal in general because it reminds as of "genre painting" style popularized by Dutch and Flemish painters of the 16th and 17th century , very natural and appealing depiction of natural every day scenes.( holidays are considered as natural in this style of painting)
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
4 Jan 16
I have seen the photo on all media yesterday. It is a great photo, when I saw it I thought it was a studio photo, not a real one.
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@mom210 (6788)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Jan 16
They are right! That is a crazy photo, If I would have looked at it before reading, I would have not thought it was real.
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@amadeo (67872)
• United States
4 Jan 16
Indeed that is quite a photo there.Wow!thank you for sharing.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
4 Jan 16
That is quite a photo indeed and you could probably see that in any large city in the world on a Holiday.
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