Marking 75 years since the outbreak of the Blitz, Thom and Beth Atkinson’s first photobook, Missing Buildings, seeks to preserve the physical and psychological landscapes of the Second World War in London.
Over a million of London’s buildings were destroyed or damaged by bombing between 1940 and 1945. This book is more than a simple record of bombsites; to the artists’ generation, the war is the distant story of an epic battle, passed down to them through books, images and grandparents’ memories.
Made on a series of walks over six years, Missing Buildings presents forty-two large format photographs in an edition of 600, with a new afterword by writer David Chandler.
Thom and Beth Atkinson are brother and sister. They grew up together in the Midlands and are currently based in London.
Beth, b. 1984, received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She has exhibited internationally, including shows across the UK, Ireland, Russia, Canada and the USA. Prizes and commissions include the Villiers David Award, the Flint House Commission and a recent project with Art on the Underground. Beth runs the youth programme at the Horniman Museum.
Thom, b. 1981, is a professional still life and portrait photographer. His work has been published by various magazines including Telegraph Magazine, Financial Times Weekend Magazine and Draft. He has worked on projects with the Wellcome Trust, the Natural History Museum and the British Army. Thom studied MA Photography and the Land at Plymouth University, graduating in 2013.