Edinburgh Street Photography: An Unseen Archive

by The Blomfield Family in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Street Photography: An Unseen Archive
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Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To fund a book of unseen vintage photography by Robert Blomfield, accompanying his forthcoming exhibition at the Edinburgh City Art Centre

by The Blomfield Family in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Robert Blomfield practised street photography across the UK during the 1950s and 60s, beginning in Edinburgh where he was enrolled as a student.

A subsequent career in medicine meant that his striking images – which carry echoes of Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier - remained unseen outside close friends and family until a stroke forced him to put down his camera in 1999.

In November 2018, The City Art Centre in Edinburgh will host the first ever exhibition of this stunning private collection, with a selection of Robert's work that documents the dramatic shifts taking place in Scotland’s urban landscape during the 1960’s. 

The images are in turn tender, bold and humorous. They include candid portraits and group shots, children playing amongst the crumbling tenements, public gatherings, student life and evolving architecture, and offer us a rare opportunity to reappraise our understanding of Scottish culture at that time.

To accompany the exhibition, we wish to publish a coffee table book featuring the photographs on display as well as a further selection of his Edinburgh archive.

In order to realise this ambition, his family – to whom the responsibility of digitising his pictures and sharing them with the world has fallen – need to raise £8,500.

To read more and view the work we have scanned so far, visit robertblomfield.co.uk


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

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Your Own Signed Copy

You will receive a limited edition signed copy of the book if you pledge more than £30 and we hit our target.

£350 or more

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Signed Framed Print & Book

You will receive a signed framed print and book if you pledge £350 or more, and we reach our target. You can make your choice from any of the images featured on robertblomfield.co.uk. The 24 x 16 inch photo will be printed on archive quality paper, mounted, signed and framed in a solid oak frame.

Let's make 'Edinburgh Street Photography: An Unseen Archive' happen