A long overdue corrected reprint of a title that has been out of print for many years; Memento Mori, Peter Mitchell’s first publication, was published in 1990 and documents the dramatic impact of the Quarry Hill redevelopment project in Leeds.
'I photograph dying buildings and Quarry Hill was terminal by the time I got to it. Times change and I know there was no point in keeping Quarry Hill Flats. But what it stood for might have been worth remembering.'
This is not merely a record of demolition but a tribute to the power of photography, to those who engineered and built the Flats, to the people who lived and died in the Flats and to the city of Leeds itself. Using archive material – much of it private and unpublished – Memento Mori details the ideas behind the Flats, their construction, and their eventual demise.