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Sue Barr: Croydon Motor City 02

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Edition of 20

36 x 43 cm

Giclée print on Hahnemüle Photo Rag Paper, 2021.

This series of photographs is inspired by the modernist legacy of Croydon, which underwent a major expansion in the 1950s and 60. Motor transport was an integral part of the urban planners’ futurist dreams, and office blocks were built in the centre of town around multi-storey car parks. The architecture of parking expresses itself in aging ramped landscapes and Brutalist concrete, creating a scenery of abstract forms and fading utopian ideals. 

Dr Sue Barr is Head of Photography at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She works and exhibits internationally and is represented by Hartmann Projects (Stuttgart) who published her latest book The Architecture of Transit.