Edwin Smith archive
The RIBA's new exhibition Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith, is based almost entirely on the extensive Edwin Smith archive held at the RIBA. Here are a few images that almost made it into the exhibition.
The Edwin Smith archive represents one of the most significant holdings of the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, alongside the 500,000 images of the Architectural Press Archive. It includes Smith’s working prints, glass and film negatives, daybooks, correspondence and other ephemera including his camera and offers a unique insight into the practice of working photographer. 4,500 of his images are now available to view on the RIBA's image database RIBApix.