2 Market Street
Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Robert Blomfield practised street photography across the UK from the 1950s to the 1970s, beginning in Edinburgh, where he studied medicine. He adopted an unobtrusive fly-on-the-wall approach, seeking interesting or amusing scenes in the rapidly changing post-war period.
A subsequent medical career meant that Blomfield’s vast collection of images – which carry echoes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier – remained largely unseen, until a stroke forced him to put down his camera in 1999.
The exhibition displays a selection of this stunning private archive, documenting the dramatic shifts taking place in Edinburgh’s urban landscape during the 1960s. It includes candid shots of children playing amongst crumbling tenements, student life and evolving architecture, offering a rare opportunity to reappraise our understanding of Scottish culture at that time.
Exhibition in partnership with Robert Blomfield and Family.