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Peter Mitchell
Memento Mori

Photographs by Peter Mitchell

Text by Peter Mitchell, Bernard Crick

Design by Peter Mitchell

RRB, 2016

First facsimile edition

Softcover with dust jacket

136 pp., b/w and color illustrated throughout

210 x 230 mm

ISBN 978-0-9932323-3-6

Item #0769

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A long overdue facsimile reprint of a title that has been out of print for many years, with a new afterword by Peter Mitchell

Quarry Hill Flats was a large housing estate, built on continental lines and peculiar to Leeds. The largest and most modern of their kind in Europe, housing around 3,000 people, the Flats were constructed during the 1930s as part of a 'great social experiment' to accommodate an entire urban community. But soon the daring vision for the future began to crumble - literally - and by the 1950s the Flats were infamous. During the 1970s the decision was made to demolish the 'stone jungle' and Peter Mitchell arrived in Leeds in time to record the passing of the great estate.

This is not merely a record of demolition but a tribute to the power of photography, to those who engineered and built the Flats, to the people who lived and died in the Flats and to the city of Leeds itself. Using archive material - much of it private and unpublished - Memento Mori details the ideas behind the Flats, their construction, and their eventual demise. Why did it fail? Was it some flaw in the grand design, or a combination of factors? And what did the inhabitants themselves actually feel about their surroundings? Memento Mori offers answers to some of these questions, but poses may more.

"A visual counterpart to George Orwell, combining similarly socialism and nostalgia." The Observer

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