John Pantlin: photographing the mid-century home


Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

John Pantlin was a photographer who worked extensively for the architectural press in the 1950s and 1960s, recording in his pin sharp, beautifully composed images the optimistic outlook of British architectural culture of the period. This small exhibition at the Geffrye focuses on his domestic interiors, providing an opportunity to look more closely at British post-war design. Sun-filled living rooms, people lounging on terraces and bedrooms scattered with toys are common in Pantlin’s photographic language, as his work clearly aimed to promote not only a new type of architecture but also a new aspirational lifestyle.

All the images are drawn from the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, part of the RIBA British Architectural Library.




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Welwyn Garden City

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Welwyn Garden City (1953) Photographer: John Pantlin

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