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2015: The photo book 'Estate' is now available. Publication date for book May 2015. 128pp colour, 67 colour plates, price £35. ON SALE NOW ORDER HERE!
"There was nothing special about Lion Farm Estate. It could have existed in more or less any British connurbation which was on the cusp of losing its raison d'etre. What is special is Clayton's humane rendering of it as a time capsule which emphasised ordinariness. This was how it was for millions of people in the early 90s. This was Britain between Thatcherism and, well, the smiley neo-Thatcherism of New Labour. A new political consensus was in place, an insidious consensus which blithely disregarded the sort of people who lived on such estates, the invisible people, the little people who had not the wherewithal to exercise their precious right to buy. Again Clayton leaves us to reach such conclusions. He has a broad and important socio-political point to make. It is all the more potent for being made so quietly." www.jonathanmeades.co.uk
"I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pictures capture the spirit of the estate very precisely." Ken Loach, Film Director
"Robert Clayton's images of ordinary modernism in the Black Country in the early 1990s are sharp, surprising and sad. They work as a vivid corrective to both sentimental nostalgia over the welfare state and the alarmist narratives of 'sink' estates - because here is neither hell nor utopia, but a depiction of a place and a people usually ignored or turned into cliche, rendered with visual intelligence and sensitivity" Owen Hatherley Author and Journalist
"The way you've put it all together feels like a narrative too, as if you're following the story of those characters and that place. And the photos themselves are so beautifully framed and composed, creating a rather epic feel to these everyday moments. Anyone with an interest in postwar British social history, modernist architecture or street photography would really enjoy this book." John Grindrod Author
2015: 'Estate' featured by i-D Magazine, take a look here.
2015: June 1st to 27th solo show of photographs from 'Estate' at Library of Birmingham, UK.
2015: 'Estate' featured in The Independent Magazine, Saturday 13th June. See it here.
2015: August - 'Estate' is featured on BBC news website. See the audio visual piece here.
2015: August - 'Estate' featured in New York Daily News, take a look here.
2015: November - 'Estate' featured on Flashbak.com, take a look here.
2015: November - 'Estate' reviewed in The Architect's Journal, take a look here.
2016: February - BIG News coming very soon; London show details tba...
2016: March - Announcement - 'Estate' will be exhibited in a solo show at 4 Corners Gallery, Bethnal Green, London in April and May in association with LANG and with generous support by Arts Council England. Full details here
2016: April 8th - May 28th My major solo show of 'Estate' is now open and free of charge. See THIRTY large scale prints and a new 20 minute film about 'Estate" starring Jonathan Meades. Four Corners Gallery, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2. Tuesday - Saturday 11.00-18.00 Supported by Art Council England.
2016: May 13th to May 23rd Estate prints and film starring Jonathan Meades at this amazing group show for ten days in May on The Southbank, OXO Tower. Details at LA Noble Gallery here.
2016: May 25th Interview about 'Estate' on Shutterhub. Please take a look here!
2016: Sept - 'Estate' featured in West Midlands magazine 'Fused'
2016: Sept - 'Estate' is reviewed by Colin Pantall on his excellent blog, read the review here.
2016: Nov - 'Estate' features in Then There Was Us Magazine, "Whatever" issue. Take a look here.
2017: NEWS!! Robert Clayton will revisit the Lion Farm Estate in summer 2017 to produce a new body of work!
2017: Jan - 'Estate' is featured on San Francisco based website www.timeline.com Take a look here.
2017: Jan - My 15 minute film 'Estate', featuring Jonathan Meades reading his essay about the photography is now available to view on You Tube for free. With images from the series, footage from 2015 and some archive references, Meades reads in his own inimitable style taking you on a journey through the work. Watch here now!
Robert Clayton is represented by L A Noble Gallery and a selection of limited edition prints are available: www.lauraannnoble.com
Estate published by www.stayfreepublishing.co.uk
All Images © Robert Clayton Photographer