They had this playing at the RIBA ‘Brits who Built the Modern World’ exhibition
Lloyds Building. London. 2013
Balfron Tower Playground. London. 2013
Le Corbusier’s apartment. Paris. 2013
Great news that the Side Gallery are re-running John Davies ‘City State’ exhibition beginning March 22nd.
FROM THE AMBER WEBSITE:
Come along to our Urban Dreams/City State exhibition opening event and meet one of the foremost landscape photographers of our time, over complimentary snacks and drinks as he discusses his images for Newcastle and Gateshead.
There will also be an opportunity to attend a slide presentation of his wider exploration of British cities on Sunday 23rd of March, 2pm at Side Cinema. See separate event information in our events listings.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
In 2001, developing Metropoli, his exploration of British cities, John Davies approached Side Gallery about his interest in documenting the public spaces of Newcastle/Gateshead, then in the throes of an ambitious programme of culture-led renewal. The Tyneside photographs came together as a body of work entitled Urban Dreams. In 2008, Amber/Side’s collaboration with the Lit & Phil and the Mining Institute led to a commission to document the legacy in Newcastle and Gateshead of the 1960s, T Dan Smith era of urban reinvention: City State. Bringing both bodies of work together for the first time, the exhibition opens up on comparisons between two periods of ambitious regeneration, the questions we should be raising in the current economic context and the role of documentary/landscape photography in a critique of public policy.
John Davies is internationally recognised as one of the foremost landscape photographers of our time. Side Gallery first showed his work in 1979 and also commissioned Cumbrian Landscapes (1981), Durham Coalfield (1983), For Druridge (1983, with Isabella Jedrzejczyk) and Signs of Coal (2005).
I caught this at the Barbican last night with the live band accompaniment. To be honest, I left a little disappointed due to some strange editing choices, a pretty unclear narrative, and a shitty post performance ‘discussion’. Personally, I think it’s still too soon to try and use these images in an un-politicised context. I do enjoy this trailer though.
Newcastle, where the nineteenth century had ‘thrown bridge after bridge across the Tyne with a terrifying optimism I would not ask anyone to imitate today’ was packed with exhilarations. Alfred Gilbert’s statue of Queen Victoria ‘must be one of the best and least hypocritical public statues in the country’ while nowhere else could match the excitement of the city’s changes of level.
GoodWeird finds from Tynemouth Market yesterday
Tudor Crisps advert featuring the Dunston Rocket (Derwent Tower)
Some re-runs of ‘Nairn Across Britain' are up on the iPlayer. See a grown man brought to the brink of a nervous breakdown by Post-War town planning.
Britain’s Changing Towns. Ian Nairn. 1967
What a character Ian Nairn was. He stated his birth place as Newcastle on his death certificate, even though he was born in Bedford. such was his love for the town.
Check out last night’s excellent BBC4 documentary on him which features some great bits on post war Newcastle developments.
Sunderland Civic Centre. 1970