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Filename: aa066740.jpg

Size: 4335 x 4345 (7.1MB)

Date: 26th February 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

© Historic England

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Spiral staircase a066740

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT, Old Bailey, City of London. Overhead interior detail looking down through the centre of a winding staircase in the south wing. John Gay, 1975

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Media ID 697549

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> Architecture > Interiors

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Towns and Cities > City of London


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photo print, titled "Spiral staircase a066740," transports us to the heart of the Central Criminal Court, commonly known as the Old Bailey, in the City of London. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay in 1975, this image offers a mesmerizing overhead view of an intricate winding staircase located within the south wing of this historic institution. As we gaze upon this architectural marvel, our eyes are drawn to the elegant spiral design that gracefully descends towards an unknown destination below. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail become apparent as we observe each step and railing carefully placed along its path. This stunning composition showcases not only Gay's artistic eye but also highlights his ability to capture both grandeur and subtlety simultaneously. The play of light and shadows adds depth and dimension to this photograph, creating a sense of mystery that lures us further into its depths. It is as if we are standing at the top looking down into an abyss or embarking on a journey through time itself. This image serves as a testament to England's rich architectural heritage while also evoking emotions tied to justice and history. The Central Criminal Court has witnessed countless trials throughout its existence since it was established in 1907. Its walls have absorbed stories from all walks of life - tales of triumphs and tragedies alike. John Gay's masterful lens captures not just physical beauty but also invites contemplation about human experiences within these hallowed halls. Through his lens, he immortalizes moments frozen in time for generations yet unborn – reminding us that even structures can hold memories worth preserving. In essence, "Spiral staircase a066740" is more than just a photograph; it is an invitation to explore history through architecture—a visual feast for those who appreciate artistry intertwined with historical significance

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