Tom Hunter will show images from his Cafe Royal book ‘Down the Lane’ in ‘The Vanished East End Documentary, Photography from the 70s and 80s’, at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive
Opening Thursday 30th of September 6.30-8.30pm, all welcome Please book
1 October 2021 – 4 Feb 2022
The Vanished East End highlights the huge social and economic changes in the area, including the now vanished industrial landscape and the deregulation of the financial markets. The group show features work from the 1970s and the 1980s by acclaimed photographers Tom Hunter, Diane Bush, Mike Seaborne, Brian Griffin and Syd Shelton.
The work on show by four of the five photographers is highlighted in a recent publication series by Café Royal Books, a long term advocate of British documentary photography. Each book showcases each photographer’s distinctive and personal approach to capturing the area, and comprise.
Down the Lane features the work of Tom Hunter and dates from a time, now disappeared and prior to his professional career when he had a stall at Brick Lane Market and photographed the passers-by.
East End features the work of Diane Bush, which was made whilst working with EXIT, Britain’s first photography collective, which believed in the power of photography to contribute to positive social change.
London Docklands features the work of Mike Seaborne, showcasing the huge social and economic changes in the area through the 1970s which were defined by a vanished post-industrial landscape.
The Broadgate Development features the work of Brian Griffin, which comments on massive economic shifts but this time in the City of London in the 1980s where borders were re-drawn as the City spread with the deregulation of the financial markets.
Syd Shelton is a British photographer who documented the Rock Against Racism movement. His work is held in the collections of Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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About The East End Archive at London Metropolitan University:
The East End Archive at London Metropolitan University is an online and digital photographic resource which develops collaborative ventures with other community groups, public bodies and research projects that have a common interest. The Archive collects the work of photographers whose practice is concerned with the East End of London and its diaspora, where the East End is understood as an ever-changing frontier within the urban sprawl that is part imagined and part tangible.
The Archive holds only “bodies of work” in order to understand more fully the working methodology of the photographers, and to give context to the work. This is an archive for the future, which brings together not only historic bodies of work but contemporary collections from photographers currently working in the field in order to record current rather than retrospective ideologies. The work collected ranges from traditional documentary to works of the imagination in order to reflect the East End- a place where dreams, dissent and transformation co-exist. The archive aims to bring to light forgotten or little published work as well as the work of established photographers, and works with local communities to uncover and preserve histories, promote community well-being and cultural understanding.
Tower Hamlets Local history Library and archives
277 Bancroft Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4DQ