Dorley-Brown, Chris

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Dorley-Brown, Chris

Chris Dorley-Brown is a photography, film, video and sound artist who has undertaken a number of London-based projects.

Dorley-Brown trained as a photographer with Red Saunders in the early 1980s and then set up his own practice in east London. He began documenting the area around where he lived and worked in Hackney, and undertook several public commissions. One of these, carried out in 1987, was for Hackney council, and involved photographing every tower block estate owned by the borough. The council was then contemplating blowing up many of its more run-down tower blocks and wanted a photographic record before they disappeared. Ten years later, he re-photographed each of the estates from exactly the same position in order to create a unique series of 'then' and 'now' photographs.

In 1988, Dorley-Brown was appointed photographer-in-residence at Homerton Hospital. This year-long project involved documenting the range of healthcare services provided by the new hospital, which had opened in 1986, and also the empty buildings of the old Hackney and German hospitals whose services had been transferred to the new hospital. Dorley-Brown's aim was to represent the hospital from both the healthcare staff's and the patients' points of view. A brand new hospital, it contained the latest in medical equipment, which was sophisticated and could be daunting for the patient.

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