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Ralph Wallis exhibition marks Leeds College of Art's 170th anniversary

Traffic On The Headrow, Leeds, 1950s, courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon Image copyright Ralph Wallis
Image caption Traffic On The Headrow, Leeds, 1950s, courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon

A display of work by photographer Ralph Wallis has opened as part of Leeds College of Art's 170th anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition features a series of black and white photos of Leeds city centre in the 1950s.

Wallis, a childhood friend of actor Peter O'Toole, began his career as a press photographer for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The exhibition, 'Ralph Wallis: Is this seat taken?' runs until 20 April.

Image copyright Ralph Wallis
Image caption City Varieties, Leeds, 1950s, and Coco the Clown, Wakefield, 1950s. Images courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon
Image copyright Ralph Wallis
Image caption Morning On Eastgate, Leeds, 1950s,. Courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon

Wallis, 83, who now lives in Canada, said: "Similar to [industrial artist] Edna Lumb I found Leeds, with all its soot covered buildings and incredible street children of all shapes and sizes, just screaming out to be photographed.

"As in those dark days, which I loved as a young photographer, Leeds was made for us."

Image copyright Ralph Wallis
Image caption Boy Broken Window, Leeds, 1950s and Post No Bills, Leeds, 1950s. Images courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon
Image copyright Ralph Wallis
Image caption Queens Hotel, Leeds, 1950s, courtesy of Bianca Wallis-Salmon

The exhibition has been curated by Wallis' niece Bianca Wallis-Salmon

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