Edinburgh Street Photography: An Unseen Archive

Edinburgh Street Photography: An Unseen Archive

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

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

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

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