day in the life of newcastle

A day in the life of Newcastle has been captured in a 24-hour social experiment that saw more than 100 professional and amateur photographers take to the streets of the city on Saturday 23 March.

The ‘A Day In The Life of Newcastle’ project documented the unique people and places that make the Toon what it is: from the late night party goers and passionate sports fans; to the stunning bridges and the beautiful Quayside waterfront.

Led by award-winning street photographer, Mark Waugh, the photographers covered the entire city of Newcastle, generating over 1,500 images, taking one every two minutes from midnight to midnight.

Over the course of the day, the 100-strong team of photographers recorded:

  • Morning strollers enjoying the glorious Quayside waterfront

  • Party goers enjoying the lively Newcastle nightlife

  • Commuters travelling to and from Newcastle Central Station

  • Saturday punters enjoying live street performances

  • Sports fans making their way to the rugby at St James Park

  • Students enjoying the quirky bars in Jesmond

The full library of photos can now be viewed and printed out.

The next stage of A Day In The Life will see an artist take a selection of the photographs from each of the photographers that took part and transform them into a piece of art, so the people, places and memories of Saturday 23 March 2019 can be immortalised. The artwork will be displayed, once complete, in Newcastle city centre. Dates of the exhibition will be announced on

Inspired by the blog, Humans Of New York, which has 8.3 million Instagram followers and 18 million Facebook followers, ‘A Day In The Life’ is the brainchild of

Ian Cowley, managing director of, says: “It’s been brilliant to capture A Day In The Life through the lens of some of the city’s most talented amateur and professional photographers. This is the fifth edition of the campaign and Newcastle has generated the highest number of participants so far, showing just how passionate the people of Newcastle are about showcasing their fabulous city.

“We are looking forward to forever remembering the day by collating all of the images taken to immortalise a famous Newcastle icon.”

Mark Waugh added: “Saturday 23rd March 2019 is a day that won’t be forgotten in Newcastle, especially by all the wonderful photographers that have taken part. Through coming together to take part in this unique project we have captured everything special about this fantastic city, including it’s stunning landscape and the people that make the city what it is.”

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