Memento Mori. Facsimile Edition. Photographs by Peter Mitchell.

Memento Mori.

Facsimile Edition.

Photographs by Peter Mitchell.
RRB Publishing, Bristol, England, 2016. In English. 136 pp., 9x8ΒΌ".

Publisher's Description

A long overdue facsimile reprint of a title that has been out of print for many years.

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 Using archive material - much of it private and unpublished - Memento Mori details the ideas behind the Flats, their construction, and their eventual demise.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.

There are two limited editions of Momento Mori:

Edition one is limited to 75 copies and includes a signed 4'x4' print of the book's cover image.

Edition two includes 12 4'x4' prints and is limited to 10 copies.

Copies of both editions are extremely limited and will be offered until they sell out

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