Kings Cross 1989-90 Cafe Royal Press Philip Wolmuth


Philip Wolmuth

London-born photographer 1941-2021. Philip studied Physiology and Psychology at Oxford. He created the North Paddington Community Darkroom (NPCD) later known as Photoworks Westminster in 1976, ‘a pioneering community photography project … The project was influential in the community photography movement of the 1970s which saw a convergence of political and artistic concerns whilst drawing on the economic and political upheavals of the decade’.

His obituary in the Guardian written by his partner, Jane Matheson notes, ‘In 1977, Philip also started a lifelong project documenting the face-to-face public debate of speakers, hecklers and audiences at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. Frequently covering campaigns such as the sale of social housing in Westminster, in the 80s amongst his campaigns was the photographing Kings Cross., which at that point was about to undergo change that would leave parts of it unrecognisable.

This zine features those photos. For anyone who knows Kings Cross well today these photos are utterly fascinating – for example the gasometer which today has been repurposed as luxury housing overlooking Coal Drop Yard.


6 pages
14cm x 20cm
printed in the UK
staple bound

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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 16.0 × 0.3 × 23.0 cm

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