By the early 1980s, Liverpool had sinked into unprecedented depths. The economic recession that had hit the city (and the country) caused a level of unemployment never experienced before. Due to the permanent strikes, the quality of public utilities services also dropped sharply. The population of 860,000 that the city had in 1931 fell below 500.000 by 1991, reaching an all time low of 445.000 by 2001. Martin Parr’s photographs show the city at the height of the crisis.