Guide to Computing Exhibition

Guide to Computing: A Visual History of Computing 1945-1979.

By Docubyte

Love retro styling and computers? Take a closer look at our outdoor photography exhibition Guide to Computing by Docubyte this summer, from 9th July to 5th August.

Selected from a growing body of work, the exhibition reflects the development of computer design from the post-war years through to the early days of technology's integration into everyday life.

Photographed head-on then placed onto bright, monochrome backgrounds, each device gains contemporary reference and relevance through the use of saturated and sumptuous colour. Furthermore, the contrasting shades of each interface highlight elements of graphic design and reinforce the anonymity of today's software-based input and touch screen devices.

In addition, since some of the machines pre-date colour photography, the digitally restored machines are presented in new and unseen formats, restored and returned to their original styles. Existing mainly in museums or as collectors' items, each computer included has been located by Docubyte for this ongoing project.

Featuring Pilot ACE designed by Paddington local, Alan Turing, the famed World War II code breaker whose achievements are celebrated in Message from the Unseen World under Bishop's Bridge, this canalside exhibition is perfectly placed for a lunchtime or after work catch up.

To be in with a chance of winning a print from Guide to Computing by Docubyte, why not share a picture of your favourite computer image on social media and tag us @PaddingtonCen [Twitter]  or @PaddingtonCentral [Instagram] using #LifeMeetsTech.

If you'd like to find out more about Docubyte  and his photography visit or find him on social media @Docubyte. Guide to Computing is the result of photography by Docubyte alongside skilful post production techniques courtesy of INK. Thanks are also extended to TNMOC, Bletchley; London's Science Museum; MSI, Manchester; CHM, California; Living Computers, Seattle; Chilton Computing Society; Dr Bernd Ulmann.

Guide to Computing by Docubyte is part of our Life Meets Tech season. 


9th July - 5th August
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