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Nicola Muirhead’s “In Brutal Presence”

Posted by on September 7, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Though London-based photographer Nicola Muirhead has been working on the series “In Brutal Presence” for the past year, the work, about the residents of Notting Hill’s Trellick Tower, has a greater sense of urgency after the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower this past June.

Like Grenfell Tower, Trellick Tower is a brutalist-style high rise and, as Muirhead says, it symbolizes “the last stance” against the effects of gentrification “that can carelessly occur when these estates sit in desirable property.” Trellick was called the Tower of Terror in the 1970s and 80s by media outlets because of its deterioration and neglect.

Her portraits of the residents of Trellick tower are just the first in a series that will delve into “the realities surrounding social housing” in London. Muirhead believes there is a place for these communities, as long as they are valued by the city they inhabit, as originally intended.

See more from Nicola Muirhead at nicolamuirhead.com.

All photos © Nicola Muirhead