Phyllis Nicklin: Views of Birmingham recaptured 50 years on

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Dozens of photographers recreate famous Birmingham images

"Before and after" shots of Birmingham taken about 50 years apart are being displayed in a new exhibition.

A group of photographers from the city recreated photos taken by university lecturer Phyllis Nicklin between 1953 and 1969.

More than 850 of her images were discovered in 2015 during a clear-out by University of Birmingham staff.

More than 70 photographers went back to the same spots as Ms Nicklin to capture the second city's changing landscape.

Photography: University of Birmingham/Jay Mason-Burns

"They are a treasure trove and hit nerves with Brummies all over the place because of what they show," says Dave Allen, a photographer who worked on the project.

Photography: University of Birmingham/Brian Burnett

He said: "Because of discovering Phyllis Nicklin, we thought we must pay homage to her. It's been an amazing experience for me and I hope it has for them too."

Photography: University of Birmingham/ Isobel Mason-Burns

Jay Mason-Burns also took part in the project, he said: "It's a real privilege to be involved in this exhibition. It's a piece of history, Phyllis Nicklin's photography is iconic."

Photography: University of Birmingham/Robyn Allen

Photography: University of Birmingham/Wali Taylor

Photography: University of Birmingham/Peter Allen

Photography: University of Birmingham/Daan Bijdevaate

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The exhibition - 'In the Footsteps of Phyllis' - opens at the Library of Birmingham on 14 July and will run until 15 September.

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