Heygate Estate

PhotographerDavid Sopronyi
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLondon, United Kingdom
Photo Date2010
Technical Info6x12 medium format pinhole cam
Entry Description

The story of the Heygate Estate is a prime example for the failure of the 'tower block' housing concept in the United Kingdom. Tower blocks were originally meant to be a solution to the issue of 'decent' housing. However at present we can observe the ultimate waste of these utopian castle-in-the-air housing projects which have been scrapped and abandoned like Heygate Estate itself. The empty tower block now stands as a symbol of a paradigm failure in UK social policy. The almost entirely abandoned Heygate with its doors and windows plated with metal apparently has raised more questions that it had managed to answer.

About Photographer

David Sopronyi is a Hungarian-born documentary photographer now living in London. David began photographing professionally in 2000 and he soon landed a job at a leading professional photolab in Budapest. For years he split his time between self-driven documentary projects and his work at the lab, where he was heading up the department of colour photography. From 2005-2007 he pursued Multimedia Studies in Hungary, then moved to the UK in 2009. He graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in Photography from Middlesex University London in 2012 and started working as a freelance photographer. In his long-term personal projects David focuses on the relationship between the built-up environment and mankind, or works on stories picturing a person’s everyday life in depth. His latest project the “West Way” has been widely recognised: it is amongst the UK winners of Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award 2013, it won the 3rd prize at the International Street Photography Awards in 2013 and received the Sunday Times Magazine’s Spectrum Emerging Talent Award and the D&AD Best New Blood Award in 2012. David’s trademark is his sensitivity for detail that allows him to picture his subjects - no matter how mundane they might be - in an elegant and surprising way.