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Exhibition preview: New and archive photography depicts 60 years of a Wandsworth council estate

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A photographic exhibition recording a council estate over 60 years opens next week on site at the Fitzhugh Estate in Wandsworth, London 

Curated by Sharon O’Neill, Blueprint for Living will be held within the 1956 estate, which was designed by Leslie Martin, also principal architect of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.

Through film and photography, the exhibition explores concepts of home, space, community, architecture, post-war British Modernism and social housing.

The exhibition is as an artistic response to photographs of the estate taken in 1956 by Bill Toomey for the AJ, which were uncovered in the RIBA’s photographic archive.

New photographs by Sharon O’Neill and film by Marc Isaacs will be exhibited alongside archive images of the estate from the Architectural Press Archive, part of the RIBA Collections, to present a narrative of a post-war housing estate as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

O’Neill described her portraits as a ‘visual letter from the future back to the architect of the mid-20th century’.

The exhibition is at the Fitzhugh Estate, Wandsworth, 31 May till 4 June from 10am till 6pm

There is a programme of events scheduled across the duration of the exhibition, for the London Festival of Architecture (1-30 June).

Collage of stair pictures on Fitzhugh Estate, Wandsworth

Collage of stair pictures on Fitzhugh Estate, Wandsworth

 

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