A Neighborhood Documentary Revisited

February 20, 2013

By David Walker

©Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

David with daughters Kadie and Robyn and Ty-dog, 2008. From Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's "Byker Revisited."

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s classic documentary images from the 1970s of Byker, a working-class neighborhood of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in northeast England, comprise a fascinating historical record of a bygone industrial era in England. Konttinen spent seven years photographing her neighbors, capturing the gritty, hard-scrabble beauty of Byker and the dignity of its residents. The images convey a distinctive sense of time, place, and...

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