Robert Blomfield Photography

is creating a photographic archive

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Archive Access

$6
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This tier helps support the scanning of Robert Blomfield's archive and assists with further books and exhibitions.

Includes
  • Highlights of the images we are scanning as they emerge, before anybody else has seen them
  • Progress updates from the family, as well as stories behind some of the pictures
  • Access to the full back catalogue of exclusive posts

Archive Access Plus

$14.50
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In addition to the previous benefits, as a top tier patron you will gain access to exclusive print discounts and be mentioned by name (with your permission, of course) in Robert's next book. 

Includes
  • 10% Patron-only discount on prints from our shop
  • Your name to appear in the acknowledgements of the next book
  • Highlights of the images we are scanning as they emerge, before anybody else has seen them
  • Progress updates from the family, as well as stories behind some of the pictures
  • Access to the full back catalogue of exclusive posts

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About Robert Blomfield Photography

Robert Blomfield was a doctor with a lifelong passion for photography. Beginning with a camera he borrowed from his father in the 1950s, he documented everything around him: the steel mills and bombed-out streets of Sheffield; life as a medical student in Edinburgh; journeys across Europe by bicycle and moped; children playing in the shadow of Scotland's old tenements; emerging postwar architecture; the people of Newcastle (where he worked as a junior doctor for a time); London in the swinging '60s.

All of the above – and more – were captured on black and white film, which he painstakingly developed and printed himself using makeshift darkrooms wherever he lived. In the 1970s Robert switched to colour slide film and continued to take beautiful photographs of anything and everything that interested him. These colour works contain more historic street scenes as well as shots of the peace movement (which he had become an active member of), landmark music festivals (including the first two Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight) nature, landscapes, and his young family.   

It is an eclectic and fascinating archive of the highest quality, full of warmth and humour – and most remarkable of all, it remained entirely unseen for most of Robert's life. He did not pursue photography as a career, though there is no doubt he was talented enough. Instead, he continued to follow his calling in medicine and took pictures for the pure love of it, showing them only to friends and family before putting them back in their yellow boxes, where they remained for decades.  

In 1999, Robert suffered a stroke that forced him to put down his beloved Nikon F. His wife Jane then began the process of digitising the images and championing his work, which she believed deserved to be more widely seen and appreciated. After she died in 2011 it fell to their sons – William, George and Ed – to pick up the baton.

In 2018, aged 80 years old, Robert held a highly successful debut exhibition at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. It broke attendance records and opened the door for him to achieve his lifelong ambition to have his photographs – some of them, at least – published in a book. Shortly after, in December 2020, he died.

Robert's sons remain determined to preserve this wonderful artistic legacy. We believe it is one of the highest quality photographic archives of the era and an important historical record. First, though, we need to get a proper handle on its extent.

This is where you come in.

We estimate that there are some 2000 black and white prints (excluding negatives) and over 20,000 colour slides. While many of the prints our father made have been scanned by his brother Johnny, we would like to begin work on the remainder, including all the colour material. This is a massive undertaking, but once the images have been digitised and catalogued we will be in a much better position to hold further exhibitions, publish more books, and to find a permanent home for the physical archive.

By making a monthly donation, you will be supporting this process and ensuring that it can continue. In return, you will be the first to see highlights from this unseen treasure trove as they emerge, as well as hear the stories behind them and regular updates on the project as a whole. Members of our top tier will also gain exclusive discounts on prints and a personal acknowledgement in his next publication.

Thanks for reading. We hope you'll join us on this ongoing journey!     
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