Highlights and past exhibitions

Taj Mahal, Agra, seen from the bank of the Yamuna River

'A Visual Journey Through the Indian Subcontinent' exhibition, British Architectural Library, RIBA, 2013.
Image: Taj Mahal, Agra, 1800s

As world's biggest holding of architectural photographs, the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection has many highlights and they have formed the basis of major exhibitions across Europe. With new acquisitions, the collection continues to grow and its material has been used in exhibitions at the RIBA and other institutions and galleries.

Past exhibitions have made extensive use of the material in the Photographs Collection, including these displays:

Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris

2012: Robert Elwall: Building the Photographs Collection
Image: Notre Dame, Paris

Park Hill Estate, Sheffield

2012: High Society

Image: Park Hill Estate, Sheffield   

George Thomson Building, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

2012: Cambridge in Concrete
Image: George Thomson Building, Cambridge

Alton East Estate, Roehampton, London

2011: A Place To Call Home
Image: Alton East Estate, Roehampton

Esplanade des Invalides

2011: Art Deco Triumphant
Image: Esplanade des Invalides, Paris

Odeon cinema, Leicester Square, London

2011: Puttin' on the Glitz
Image: Odeon cinema, Leicester Square, London

American Bar, Karntner Passage, Vienna

2011: Adolf Loos
Image: American Bar, Karntner Passage, Vienna

Artist's house and studio, V Triennale, Milan

2011: Framing Modernism
Image: Artist's house and studio, V Triennale, Milan

Farm at Deptford, Wiltshire

2011: Edwin Smith
Image: Farm at Deptford, Wiltshire

Quayside, Albert Dock, Liverpool

2011: Eric de Maré
Image: Quayside, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Penguin Pool under construction, London Zoo

2010: Over Here
Image: Penguin Pool, London Zoo  

Woburn Abbey: the sculpture gallery

2010: Edwin Smith
Image: The sculpture gallery, Woburn Abbey

Buoy store, Wharf Road, Penzance

2010: John Piper
Image: Buoy store, Wharf Road, Penzance

'Skyscraper' fishermen's sheds, the Stade, Hastings

2010: Eric de Maré
Image: Fishermen's sheds, the Stade, Hastings

Clubhouse for AMILA, Tremezzo, Lake Como

2009: Framing Modernism
Image: Clubhouse for AMILA, Lake Como

Battersea 'A' Power Station, London, by night

2009: Cathedral of Power
Image: Battersea 'A' Power Station, London

Secretariats, New Delhi

2009: Building the Raj
Image: Secretariats, New Delhi

Esso petrol station and garage, London, at night

2009: John Maltby
Image: Esso petrol station, London


More images can be seen on RIBApix

New acquisitions: Can you help?

The collection pursues an active policy of acquiring material to provide as complete a record as possible of our built environment for the benefit of future generations. Since its inception it has benefited enormously from the generosity of RIBA members and the general public. If you know of any material that you think might be of interest and that you would be willing to see housed in the collection, the team at the Photographs Collection would be delighted to hear from you.


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