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Robert Hallmann: Urban Landscapes and Real People

Location: Beecroft26 May 2018 - 21 July 2018


In 1945, when Robert Hallmann was ten years old, the War passed through his native village in Westphalia, (Germany) losing many of the houses to Allied phosphor grenades. The family fled and survived, but the only object that survived the firebrand apart from a hard-baked cake and some singed clothes in the cellar was his father’s Agfa box camera. It could be repaired and started a lifelong love of photography. Later in London, freelancing in typography and design, he also illustrated picture books on the British landscape, antiques, falconry, etc. He exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, in London’s West End and in libraries all over Essex. In the 1990s he followed the trend of returning to black and white photography for its clear and simple graphic qualities, both in portraiture and in landscapes, London being a favourite hunting ground.
On retiring he concentrated on writing, publishing eight books on Essex themes, both history and historical fiction, but also a colour picture book of London Street Scenes from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The present retrospective exhibition returns to the nostalgia of his mono views.

Exhibition opens 2pm Saturday 26th May 2018 - all welcome.



Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Adult and Community Services Department, Southend on Sea, Essex Borough Council