Art @ Paddington Central | Guide to Computing

Guide to Computing | A Visual History of Computing 1945-1979 | By Docubyte | At Paddington Central 9 July to 5 August

As part of our Life Meets Tech season, Guide to Computing by London based photographer Docubyte has arrived at Paddington Central. Reflecting the development of computer design from the post-war years through to the integration of technology within every-day life, Guide to Computing presents these machines, some now rare museum pieces, in contemporary saturated and sumptuous colour. Our art curator, Rosie Glenn, chatted with Docubyte in his London studio to find out more -

RG: Lovely to see you in your studio. I can see your fascination with computers through the various books, magazines and photographs around your desk. When did the computer bug hit you and why?

Docubyte: I’ve always loved computers, ever since I was a kid playing games on a Spectrum. That said, it’s the technology prior to that supposedly advanced era which captures my imagination these days - the functionality - the dials, the vacuum tubes, the flick switches – all those twiddly things. For me now, in today’s modern era of finger input and touch screens, it’s really the human-interface apparatus from yesteryear which has an increasingly fascinating visual aesthetic.

RG: Looking through your photographs, some of the machines you capture are very rare. How do you find them?

Docubyte: Some years back I was working in the U.S and took a visit to the Computer History Museum in California. During that trip I came face to face with a fully restored working IBM 729 which was just so cool to look at. I took a tonne of pictures right there; I then found out about TNMOC and carried on.

RG: So that’s one fascination. What else do you photograph and what’s next?

Docubyte: I have an ongoing project about the British space industry, I’m a bit of a car nut and I like planes too, and robots. Machines really. I love machines. Next? A project about telephones … Hold the line!

Why not take a closer look? 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.

Pilate Ace ©Docubyte

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 by Docubyte is part of our Life Meets Tech season.

Thanks are extended to INK, TNMOC, Bletchley; London's Science Museum; MSI, Manchester; CHM, California; Living Computers, Seattle; Chilton Computing Society; Dr Bernd Ulmann.


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