The live project in its entirety spanned from 2006 to 2010, undertaken by students on the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication. The project, under the directorship of Patrick Sutherland, pursued a long-term photographic documentation of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle. Every new academic year students were equipped with a new theme with which to examine and portray the changes that came with the regeneration of the area.
The work culminated in two exhibitions held at the Cuming Museum in the Old Town Hall on Walworth Road in 2009 and 2012. A three-part photographic publication was coordinated with help from the Photography Archive Research Centre at LCC. Bringing the different strands across the years together for the first time, displaying the breadth of content, subject and technique employed by the students over time, and showing the ongoing transformations in the area in a variety of manners. These were assembled into an exhibition and a book The Elephant Vanishes together part 1: Home, part 2: Communities and part 3: Economy. This work is edited and curated into exhibition and book format by Patrick Sutherland. The overall project. The Elephant Vanishes, was launched with a PARC study day at LCC in 2006. Numerous LCC staff and affiliate artists have contributed to the project including, including Prof Val Williams, Prof Tom Hunter, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Paul Lowe, John Easterby and Brigitte Lardinois.