The West Pier in Pictures

  • The Argus: This dramatic picture of Brighton's West Pier covered in snow by Toby Smith has just been awarded silver in the 152nd International Print Exhibition Awards hosted by the Royal Photographic Society.
  • The Argus: This picture from the Argus' archive shows the West Pier long before it was ravaged by fire
  • The Argus: The West Pier in 1991
  • The Argus: The sun rises over the pier
  • The Argus: The pier looks peaceful as the last of the sun's rays disappear
  • The Argus: Prince Charles visits the West Pier in 1999
  • The Argus: The pier provided an attractive backdrop for the revellers who slept among the rubbish after Fat Boy Slim's second Beach Party in 2002.
  • The Argus: After years of neglect, the pier finally starts to fall into the sea
  • The Argus: The centre section fell into the sea during bad weather
  • The Argus: The West Pier tilts over at a severe angle in this picture taken in January 2003. It has been disappearing into the sea since the storms at the end of 2002.
  • The Argus: This picture, taken just a few weeks before the fire took hold, shows the pier framed by two street lamps in the late afternoon winter sun
  • The Argus: The flames tear through the Grade I listed building in 2003
  • The Argus: As the fire takes hold of the pier, flocks of birds fled the structure
  • The Argus: The framework of the ravaged pier with the sun setting in the background
  • The Argus: Another spectacular sunset with the remains of the pier in the foreground
  • The Argus: Since the fire, the pier has become famous as a roosting place for flocks of starlings
  • The Argus: Brighton amateur photographer Alixzandra Arts took this photograph of the pier in the sunshine six weeks ago
  • The Argus: Brighton magazine editor Tony Davenport took this picture of people clambering over the wreck as the sun sets
  • The Argus: Another of Brighton magazine editor Tony Davenport's pictures of the pier
  • The Argus: The pier provides a stunning backdrop for the sun's reflection across the low-tide sea in Tony Davenport's final picture
  • The Argus: This picture owas taken by f starlings over the pier was taken by Will Flewett
  • The Argus: This picture was taken by Brighton resident Delia Ives in February 2003.
  • The Argus: Marilyn Tringali, who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, took this picture of the pier when visiting family in May last year. She now keeps it on her desktop to remind her of home.
  • The Argus:  This picture of the pier at low tide by Ross Milne shows the roof of the fire-ravaged section in close-up.

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This dramatic picture of Brighton's West Pier covered in snow by Toby Smith has just been awarded silver in the 152nd International Print Exhibition Awards hosted by the Royal Photographic Society. Mr Smith used an unusually long exposure time of four minutes to capture the subtle auras of the industrial structure by night. Inspired by his picture, we have put together a gallery of striking images of the pier from our archive. If you have a picture you would like to see included here, email jo.wadsworth@theargus.co.uk

The West Pier in Pictures

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