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Swansea - A Photographer's Dream

"Pastel headscarves shelter from the grey Welsh sky, monochrome children play in silted puddles in the shadows of abandoned factories. Colin Riddle's images capture a lost period in post-war Swansea. A record of a town in transition to treasure."

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23 Oct 2017 - 14 Jan 2018
10.00AM. Museum closes 4.30pm
This event is free.
Swansea Museum

Opening Saturday October 7th 2017 - 14th January 2018
Swansea - A Photographer's Dream
Images of the 1960s by Colin Riddle

"Pastel headscarves shelter from the grey Welsh sky, monochrome children play in silted puddles in the shadows of abandoned factories.
Colin Riddle's images capture a lost period in post-war Swansea.
A record of a town in transition to treasure."
Colin Riddle was born in Swansea, south Wales in 1945 and lived there until 1965 before moving to London. He returned briefly to live in Gower before settling in Pembrokeshire. He showed an early interest in photography and, in 1960, enrolled on a part time photography course in Swansea Art College at the age of fifteen. The pictures in this exhibition are mostly from the five years he spent there.
Living in Swansea, he says was, "to have the run of a uniquely inspirational town - that was a photographer's dream. There can be few places where you can get aerial views of the town and its bay without leaving the ground. Swansea is surrounded by hills with incredible views. It's like flying but without the hassle".
In 'Swansea - A photographer's Dream' Colin's pictures of Swansea in the 1960s represent images of a lost age, and though much of what he photographed still exists for the keen historian to seek out, much has also disappeared. Colin says he regrets that he didn't take more pictures when he was a student. We are grateful that he took so many, and that they survive.

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