ISBN: 978-1-904794-42-4
Price: £30.00
Format: Hardback
Size: 250mm x 250mm
Extent: 190pp
Illustrations: 96 colour & 42 b/w

Byker Revisited
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Forty years ago Finnish photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen came to Byker as a founder member of the Amber film and photography collective. Her photographs from the working class Tyneside terraced streets became an exhibition, book and film. Studied and feted across the world, the work was a celebration of the community that was demolished to make way for architect Ralph Erskine's visionary Byker Wall.

Byker Revisited is Sirkka's return to Byker. Since 2003 she has been building a new portrait of the people and the estate - opening up the richly complex, often transient and fragile nature of contemporary urban lives and the architecture that is part of the story.

The Author

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is a founder member of Amber, a film and photography collective that formed in London in 1968 and moved to Newcastle upon Tyne the following year. 

"Many of the most successful photobooks about Englishness or Britishness are those that examine a community or locality in detail, often through the close links that the photographer has with the area. Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Byker Revisited is a fine example."
The British Journal of Photography

"A body of work that does not merely ‘revisit’ Byker as the title suggests, but provides a wholly rounded picture of a place of which the Finish photographer considers herself an ‘unofficial ambassador'."