My name is Colin Buttimer.
I try to walk around with my eyes open. I take photographs and make single edition books of those photographs. I make my books with the intention of finding a publisher, so that I can engage in the wider debate about 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 a work in progress called 'All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core'. The title is a quotation from The Meurseult Investigation by Kamel Dauod.
The books I've made to date are listed below in the order I've made them, I add new ones at the bottom. I'm currently working on a book version of 'All the while clamouring...'
This book references Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji (1830-32) and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).
A four year study of a small nature reserve at the edge of the King's Cross property development.
An exploration of my own and my family's mental health reflected in and registered upon everyday reality.
Dedicated to the landowners, corporations and developers that control our pseudo-public spaces.
A study of an isolated place on the Thames estuary made between 2011 and 2018.
The loss of people to images.
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.
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
For a moment I hesitated, and was afraid to make this book.