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Close Up: Robert Blomfield

Close Up: Robert Blomfield
6.30pm Thursday 25th March
Livestreamed through Facebook*

For our tenth Close Up artist talk we are very pleased to be celebrating the life and legacy of photographer Robert Blomfield which coincides with the recent publication of Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh 1957 – 1966, published by Bluecoat Press.

We will be joined by his sons Will and Ed Blomfield, along with Robert's brother Johnny as they discuss his incredible photographic legacy and share images from his Edinburgh series, as well as further afield. As part of the event we will also be holding a special screening of An Unseen Eye (16m 14s), a short documentary film made by Stuart Edwards in 2018. This special event will be introduced and chaired by Margaret Findlay, Learning and Public Programmes Coordinator at City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, where the exhibition 'Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography - An Unseen Archive' took place in late 2018/early 2019, a significant large-scale and highly popular exhibition which has helped amplify the recognition which his work so rightly deserves.

Robert Blomfield (1938 - 2020) was an avid street photographer, taking inspiration from the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau whose work challenged him to see more (and be seen less). Blomfield brilliantly and compulsively captured people and places on film. His use of the camera was unobtrusive and fly on the wall, seeking interesting or amusing scenes in a postwar world that was changing at breakneck speed.

Training as a doctor in Edinburgh in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he created a substantial archive of life in the Scottish capital – from his work in the hospital to people he observed in the street, from the building of the new Forth Road Bridge to the reshaping of the city itself as streets and housing were demolished in the name of progress. An engaging manner and healthy disrespect for authority allowed him to get close to a myriad of subjects, and the work he produced from this period forms one the highest quality archives of the era, with children playing in the streets holding a particular fascination.

Banner Image: Girls Playing in Tyre, Edinburgh (1966) © Robert Blomfield
Left Image: Snowstorm, The Meadows, Edinburgh (1965) © Robert Blomfield

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