MICHAEL C COLDWELL

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Michael C Coldwell photography rephotography research Lost Leeds exhibition Leeds Town Hall hauntology mapping Godfrey Bingley >>

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From exhibition Lost Leeds, at Leeds Town Hall, Brodrick Gallery, Feb-May 2019.
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Lost Leeds presents views of a city which have long disappeared. Landscape photographer and researcher Michael C Coldwell took archival images of Leeds back to where they came from, projecting them into the scenes as they exist today.
Two archives were used to produce the ghostly rephotography: pictures of Headingley and Meanwood by Godfrey Bingley (1842-1927), and photographs of Quarry Hill slums, taken prior to their clearance c.1910.
The montages are deliberately disruptive and disorientating, highlighting the total transformation and loss which has taken place over the last century.

These works were created as part of Coldwell’s practice-led research into ‘hauntology’ and the archive, conducted at the University of Leeds, for which he was awarded a PhD in 2018.
They were exhibited previously at Light Night 2018, as part of an installation piece called The Remote Viewer, presented in collaboration with the Brotherton Library.

© 2019 MICHAEL SCHOFIELD