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Edwin Smith is one of the relatively unsung heroes of photography. His images were always beautiful, evocative, emotional and so hard to copy. Now there is a retrospective exhibition planned.

Edwin Smith (1912-1971) was the most significant British photographer of architecture and landscape in the mid twentieth century. For twenty years, his images graced many notable books and helped redefine notions of Britishness for the post-war generation. His achingly beautiful interpretations of characteristic buildings from cathedrals to cottages, and terrains from beach to bog, convey an unparalleled sense of place.

Hailed by Sir John Betjeman as a ‘genius at photography’ and by Cecil Beaton as ‘an understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject’, Edwin Smith captured the essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he photographed.

Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith will display 100 extraordinary black and white photographs from a collection of over 60,000 negatives given by Olive Cook, Smith’s widow and collaborator, to the RIBA Library. From urban scenes documenting British social history to evocative landscape images and atmospheric interiors, the images displayed reveal the genius and breadth of his work. Alongside his images of Britain the exhibition will show photographs taken on his travels to Europe as well as his published books and photographic equipment.

In September 2014, RIBA’s new Architecture Gallery will present the first major retrospective of Edwin Smith (1912 – 1971), one of Britain’s foremost 20th century photographers. Full details here


Sea of Steps Wells Cathedral

Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire. (c) Edwin Smith, RIBA Librar

Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire, 1959.
© Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection




Edwin Smith at the Fry


Tulip Staircase, Queen’s House, Greenwich. 1970.  by Edwin Smith.

another excellent link is here and here

Travel Photographer of the Year

The TPOTY award is now open for entries for 2014, where have you been, what images have you captured that tell the story of your travels or of a place?

2014 awards now open for entries

The premier travel photography awards. Your showcase to the world

The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) photo contest is run by photographers for photographers. Whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, wherever you live in the world, TPOTY is for you!

2014 is TPOTY’s 12th award with new categories and new opportunities to showcase the best travel photography.

You can view the last year’s winners in the 2013 Winners Gallery see them in person this summer at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London. This exhibition opens on 11th July and runs until August 17th. And soon you’ll be able to buy our latest book, Journey Six, featuring the 2013 winning images.

Last year our UK exhibition welcomed over 48,000 visitors – will you be visiting us in 2014? Or perhaps you’ll enter TPOTY this year – and you could see your images exhibited at the RGS in 2015!

Why enter TPOTY?

And TPOTY is about even more than (really great) prizes – it’s about incredible exposure for your work. Photographers who’ve had TPOTY success have had their work showcased around the world. Established photographic careers have received a huge boost, new careers have been started, and people who never thought they’d see their photographs in print have had a lovely surprise!

The awards are judged by leading photography experts, whose knowledge and integrity adds hugely to the kudos that comes with being amongst our winners. And, thanks to our partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the winning images are exhibited each year in a magnificent, historical location.

But whether you’re a winner or not, it’s also about fun – the fun of challenging yourself to shoot to a theme, to look at your images with fresh eyes, to be a part of the TPOTY experience

Full details are here