City Art Centre: Robert Blomfield, Edinburgh Street Photography
City Art Centre: Robert Blomfield, Edinburgh Street Photography

City Art Centre: Robert Blomfield, Edinburgh Street Photography

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Robert Blomfield practised street photography across the UK from the 1950s to the 1970s, beginning in Edinburgh, where he studied medicine. His unobtrusive, fly on the wall approach, engaging manner and healthy disrespect for authority enabled him to get up close to his subjects, which ranged from candid portraits, group shots and children playing among crumbling tenements to public gatherings, student life and evolving architecture. Timed to coincide with his 80th birthday, the first large scale display of photographs from his private archive at the City Art Centre documents the dramatic shifts taking place in Scotland’s urban landscape during the 1960s.

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