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Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen went to Byker, a district in Newcastle which had fallen on hard times with the decline of shipbuilding, for the first time in 1969. For a decade, as a member of the film and photography collective Amber she recorded its people, who faced the changes in their neighbourhood with humour and dignity. Urban renewal proved to be a disaster for its working class culture and sense of community: eighty percent of the original residents would move away. Konttinen returned in 2003. She found a number of old acquaintances, but also recorded the asylum seekers who were being housed in quarters which were difficult to rent out.

  • BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

  • BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

  • BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

  • BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

  • BYKER (United Kingdom, 1983) and BYKER REVISITED (United Kingdom, 2009)

Biography

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen (Finland, 1948) became interested in photography at an early age. She moved to London to study at the Regent Street Polytechnic Film School. There she joined fellow students in starting the collective Amber, which moved up to Newcastle in the late 1960s to record its working class culture. Byker (1983) is her best known book. In addition she has published Step by Step (1987), Writing in the Sand (2000), The Coal Coast (2003) and Byker Revisited (2009).

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

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