Dr Robert Blomfield was an acclaimed street photographer although he was relatively unknown as a photographer until recent years. He practised street photography all over the UK from the 1950s onwards, beginning in Edinburgh, where he lived for 10 years. Dr Blomfield moved to Scotland from Leeds aged 18 in 1956 to study medicine and did all of his own developing and printing at home in makeshift darkrooms. He died in December 2020 at the age of 82 after a long illness.
After suffering a stroke in 1999, Dr Blomfield was unable to continue with his photography and his urban street photographs were still largely unseen. In 2011, Dr Blomfield’s photographs gained significant recognition when the family catalogued the collection and digitised a selection of them for the wider world.
In 2018, the City Art Centre in Edinburgh held an exhibition in partnership with Dr Robert Blomfield and his family, titled Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography. It ran for five months and coinciding with his 80th birthday, the free exhibition featured around 60 of Dr Blomfield’s images and proved extremely popular.
His work has been compared to that of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier, displaying the human side to life and getting in close to the action.
His work can be seen at the Robert Blomfield website.