Byker Revisited

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Between 2003 and 2009, photographer and founder Amber member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen returned to Byker which she originally documented in the 1970s.

Negotiating an individual journey through the Byker Wall Estate, the Ralph Erskine-designed visionary development which replaced the terraced streets she had lived in, Konttinen built a portrait of its diverse communities, opening up on the richly complex, often transient and fragile nature of contemporary urban lives and the architecture that is part of the story. As with the original, the work was also developed as an Amber photo film, Today I’m With You.

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