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My name is Colin Buttimer.

I try to walk around with my eyes open. I take photographs and make one-off books, pamphlets, fold-outs and other formats containing selections of those photographs. I produce this work with the intention of finding a publisher, so that I can engage in the wider debate about some of the issues I explore. The predominant subject of my work is the impact of neoliberalism on London, the city where I've lived most of my life.

The images above are a small part of an ongoing project called 'All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core', see the relevant publication below for a few more details.

Here are the books I've made listed in the order I've produced them:



Thirty Six Views of the Emerald City

This book references Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji (1830-32) and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).

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a grey cover with the title of the book in lighter grey

a sample spread from the book shows two landscape photos, in the left hand one, a grup of fairly young children look at the towers of the City of London in the distance. In the right photo, a mother with young family walk by the Thames estuary, in the distance are the buildings of Canary Wharf.

Camley Street

A four year study of a small nature reserve at the edge of the King's Cross property development.


a close-up of a hand-painted signpost with the words Bio-Dome

A sample spread showing two photos, the first the silhouette of the pointed top of a blue marquee and the second a red brick tower hidden behind bare tree boughs and branches

Loci

An exploration of my own and my family's mental health reflected in and registered upon everyday reality.


a close-up portrait of a young person looking downward

two photos, both showing the trick costumes of street performers who look like they're floating in air when occupied

Piss Corners

Dedicated to the landowners, corporations and developers that control our pseudo-public spaces.


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Creek

A study of an isolated place on the Thames estuary made between 2011 and 2018.

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The cover shows the title of the book against a background of river-borne detritus

Two photographs, each shows small derelict vessels askew on dry land

There is no one

The loss of people to images.


The cover of the book shows a green hedge with the title in white in the centre

A photograph of a deserted, wintry fairground

1 Brand New Community

The Robin Hood Gardens estate lies at the nexus of a remarkably broad range of issues including, but not limited to, the funding of the welfare state, neoliberalism, austerity, Right to Buy, the financialisation of housing, the treatment of council tenants and immigrant minorities, urban planning, the social role of architecture, and the politics of cultural preservation. This book is a small act of questioning, resistance and memory.


A close-up of a front door - a sunflower has been drawn in blue and yellow on top of dark brown artificial wood grain

A hoarding with the words Blackwall Regenerated and other marketing words including 1 brand new community. Behind the hoarding is a pollarded tree and the sky

The State for Years Uncaring
Abject they became
Wretched, stolen or vanished entire

Demolished - Robin Hood Gardens, Sampson House. Privatised - Balfron Tower, Camden Town Hall Annexe, Post Office Tower. Right to buy - Alexandra Road Estate, Brunswick Centre, Thamesmead. Public: National Theatre, YMCA/St Giles Hotel, Guildhall, Institute of Education
27 photographs on A2 rice paper.


A very high contrast black and white photograph looking up a stairwell which appears almost abstract

A very high contrast black and white photograph of a regular building facade with the small forms of builders on a scaffold against it

Oneiric

For a moment I hesitated, and was afraid to make this book.
34 black and white photographs, with one exception.


A boy lies on a bench seemingly asleep, to his left is a dense thicket of branches

A photograph shows the shadow of a tree trunk on a path with the edge of a bench visible

All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core

The title is a quotation from The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud
The work is dedicated to André Kertész
It exists in two versions: one of 52 photographs in four rice paper sections and the other 44 loose photographs in an envelope.


A distorted photocopy of the title of the book in handwriting

The book spread - the photograph on the left shows the front of a white van with a red sign in front of it which states Changed Priorities

An unserious series

Three small publications in a slipcase that playfully explore ideas of series.

Atavism and


The cover of the book shows two vertical blue rectangles with the book title on the right one

A photograph of a container ship moored beside cranes, in the foreground two children lie on a shingle beach

Eleven figures, my children among them


The cover of the book shows two vertical pink rectangles on a white background with the book title on the right one

A photograph of a woman in a lilac skirt crouched down to take a photograph with her phone

Seven Dachlawinen

A Dachlawine may be a pole that warns pedestrians of the risk of an avalanche falling from the roof of a Viennese building.

The cover of the book shows two vertical beige rectangles on a white background with the book title on the right one

A red and white striped pole with a pointed tip leans against a stone building

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The irresistible attraction of a warm keyboard to a cat and the computer's response.

View spreads of this book

Two photographs - on the left a black and white cat is seated on the keyboard of an open laptop; on the right the same cat leans over to groom himself

Komu - nothingness, emptiness
Ma - a void that isn’t empty, an absence that is a presence, a space between things full of energy

Five A2 sheets of rice paper containing between 5 and 7 photos in a non-repeating grid. Each A2 page held in a separate cover. The five parts girded by a belly band and contained in a plain bookboard slipcase.

View photos of Komu Ma

Vicinal

A photographic examination of the King's Cross Quarter between 2011 and 2020.
80 photographs in 20 sequences.


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