September 12

Tim Cornbill – Retrospective

These images are from a project undertaken by Tim Cornbill using archive photography of Birmingham City Centre and aligning them with modern day positions. We plan to show you the entire series on the website over the coming months.


Kong – 1970s

A statue of King Kong by Nicholas Monro was commissioned in 1972 for display in Manzoni Gardens in The Bull Ring, in the centre of Birmingham, England. It was later displayed elsewhere in Birmingham, then in Edinburgh, and was last seen in Penrith.

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The Exchange Building, Stevenson Street, 1867

The photograph is taken at the junction of Needless Alley with New Street. The historical building shown is in the position of the current ramp which leads up to the Pallasades shopping centre. Built in 1965 to a design by Edward Holmes and extended in 1878, the Gothic building was used as an exchange place for the merchants of the city.

Colmore Row, c.1970

Colmore Row, c.1970+

All the buildings on the left of the photo have been demolished, even John Madin’s large Modernist Post & Mail tower in the background, which was newly built at the time.

All photographs Copyright Tim Cornbill 2014

Tim Cornbill. Photographer. Architect.

Tim Cornbill is a photographer based in Birmingham, UK, specialising in the field of architecture. Tim has over 11 years of experience in the field of photography and is also a qualified architect. Tim’s photographs have been published on magazine covers, in newspapers and journals, as well as many websites.
Licensing of all photographs displayed on this website are available on request. High quality prints, gift cards and framed photos are available at Tim’s Redbubble shop.
Please check out his constantly updated flickr stream which contains over 3500 further photographs you may be interested in. You can also follow Tim Cornbill on Instagram and twitter under the name @timcornbill.
If you are looking for a photographer for an upcoming event then please get in touch. Tim has experience in photographing weddings, birthdays, gigs and individual photoshoots.