THE GHETTO SERIES: 1993-1994
This series of photographs was taken in Hackney in 1993/94 when the artist lived in a squatted community of London Fields East. All the photographs feature friends and neighbours of the artist. The title for the series comes from an article in the local paper, The Hackney Gazette, which described the neighbourhood as “a crime-ridden, derelict ghetto, a cancer – a blot on the landscape.”
The photographs were part of a campaign to save the community from developers and Hackney council. Fourteen years later the same community is still there and at the heart of a thriving Hackney neighbourhood. Tom Hunter also still lives there.
Tom Hunter on squatting in Hackney during the 90s: ‘It gave my art a meaning and a purpose’