Architecture as Monument

An exhibition of photography by Sam Laughlin

Organised by the Alumni & Development Office as part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition focused on the Modernist architecture of the College and its status as a national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. The project explored the themes of living memorials, monument and Modernism.

Sam Laughlin’s work is characterised by the use of a distinct aesthetic treatment and a newfound focus on specific aspects of the College’s architecture. The project builds upon previous works by the photographer that explore meaning and memory as inherent to architectural structures, applying these themes to a vibrant college, the architecture of which stands simultaneously as a form of monument.

A limited edition exhibition catalogue with an introduction by Dr Mark Goldie, Fellow of Churchill College, is available for purchase for £4.50. Please contact the Alumni & Development Office if you would like a copy.

About Sam Laughlin

Sam Laughlin was born in Cambridge. He received his BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport in 2012. He has exhibited his work in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. He was recently shortlisted for the WESTPHOTO Photography Prize.

More of his work can be seen on his website:

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