Set 3 - Cripps Building: construction

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GB 1859 SJCR/SJPH/1/10/3


Cripps Building: construction


  • 1962-1967 (Creation)

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134 items. Paper and plastic.

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Edward Leigh was born in 1913 and died in 1998. Edward Leigh was one of the few professional photographers to obtain a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society as well as a Fellowship of the professional photographer's own body, then entitled the Institute of British Photographers.His photographic career spanned over 50 years. Before the Second World War he worked as a fashion photographer and a stills cameraman for Fox Film Studios, later 20th Century Fox. During the war his printing skills were employed by RAF Oakington to process aerial recognizance photographs which were assembled into the mosaic maps used by Bomber Command.
Following the war Leigh open his own studio on Kings Parade in Cambridge. He did a great deal of work for the Colleges and the University. Leigh was also recognised as a skilled architectural and industrial photographer. In the 1960s, Leigh also worked as a 'stringer' for the Times Newspaper providing photographs for local news stories.

When he retired in 1983, his son John Edward Leigh continued the business until 1985 when the studio closed.
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Prints showing the construction of the Cripps Building. 12 strips of negatives, some corresponding to the prints of the Cripps Building, others showing building plans/aerial views. One strip of miscellaneous illustrations is marked "Mr AMP Brookes".

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The items are stored separately:

  • 8/ALBUM (Sl 1-111) and 9/ALBUM (36-37): Photographs at various points of the construction of Cripps Building
  • 8/ALBUM (Sl 112-113): Negatives

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© Edward Leigh.

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  • Box: 8/ALBUM
  • Box: 9/ALBUM