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Symposium: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The RIBA announces an international symposium on architectural photography in conjunction with the first major retrospective of the British architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971), whose prolific work helped redefine the notion of post-WWII Britishness.

The symposium will take place on 13-14 November at RIBA in London.

The symposium will honour the legacy of Robert Elwall (1953-2012), an acclaimed British historian of architectural photography and curator, since 1976, of the RIBA's Photographs Collection that now bears his name. With some million and a half architectural images, the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection is one of the most extensive resources for the study of the influence of photography on architecture and the creative process.

For more information and to book tickets - early bird tickets are currently available - visit:

Image: Sherborne School Dorset, 1960. © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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