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Obituary: Robert Elwall (14 January 1953-7 March 2012)

Robert Elwall, Assistant director of the RIBA’s British Architectural Library, and the founder and curator of the RIBA Library Photographs Collection and RIBApix collapsed and died suddenly after a short illness. Robert had been continuing to work on various projects at RIBA.

Robert was a great writer of books and papers on photography and architecture in its broadest sense. A number of his articles are collected here:  He will be sorely missed. 

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Comment by Joe Low on March 15, 2012 at 13:10

Very sad to hear the news of Robert Elwell's passing. He had an understanding & love of photography & architecture and was able to write about it with clarity and insight.

Comment by Pam Roberts on March 10, 2012 at 10:48

Very sad news.  Robert was a lovely, generous man and we had many long phone conversations over the years, putting the world, and our various archives, to rights.  Was about to contact him about some research I am doing on architectural photographer M.O. Dell, having read Robert's book.  Alas, too late.  He will be much missed.

Comment by Helen Trompeteler on March 9, 2012 at 20:21

So sad to learn of this news. I was delighted to meet him a few times over the years, and have admired his work at the RIBA and further afield for a long time.

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