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Major exhibition of Stockton photographer’s work goes on display at University Campus

(23 March 2006)

County Durham, Summer 1968 at Houghton-le-Spring Colliery - a dramatic afternoon thunderstorm

An exhibition of the work of Stockton-born photographer Andy Elliott opens to the general public on Monday 27 March at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton.

Organised by Stephenson College at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton and entitled ‘Steam and Coal in County Durham’ the exhibition brings back to life the excitement of the age of the steam railway. All the images in the exhibition were taken by Andy Elliott as a schoolboy in the 1960s and communicate his passion for steam trains through stunning, large scale, black and white photographs. Professor Adrian Darnell, Principal of Stephenson College commented: “These photographs are evocative of an age only made possible by our college’s namesake – the great railway pioneer, George Stephenson. We are proud to present an exhibition which brings to life the last years of steam trains in the North East of England. Located as we are in Stockton-on-Tees, birthplace of the passenger railway, it is most appropriate that we should celebrate this aspect of the College’s history and that of Stockton.” Photographer Andy Elliott said: “Trains have always proved fascinating to me from when I was a young boy. In my images I try to convey the sheer power, scale, noise, speed and romance of the steam railway and above all the inherent excitement of a journey by steam train. The pictures on show are just a fraction of a lifetime's work, documenting life in the North East and Yorkshire. It's an enormous archive of thousands of pictures - to which I'm still adding” In addition to the exhibition, Andy Elliott is getting involved with the University in other ways. He is helping to introduce a new photography society for Stephenson College, taking students out around the area looking at ways of photographing the industrial architecture of the past and present. It is also planned that he will help document Durham University’s 175th anniversary celebrations at Queen’s Campus in 2007 through various visual media. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public between 10am and 7pm in Upper Rotunda of the Holliday Building, Queen’s Campus, Stockton until Friday 30 June 2006.

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