East End reimagined in photography show

There’s still time to visit Cass exhibition offering a snapshot of bygone London

Date: 28 October 2014

Picture: Don McCullin

The East End is in focus at a remarkable exhibition of photography currently on show at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass).

‘Archive: Imagining the East End’, is an exhibition of photography and events series being held as part of Photomonth 2014.

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of photographers whose work relates to the East End of London - both as a geographic location and an intangible space.

Images range from traditional documentary practice to works of the imagination. Books, essays, films and artifacts in the exhibition explore the shifting location of the East End and the impact of this diverse sprawl on the tale of London.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book of the same name, published in December 2013 by Black Dog Publishing. ‘Archive: Imagining the East End’ is a companion to The East End Archive at The Cass, an online photographic resource intended for artists, academics and researchers from a cross-section of disciplines. It brings together both historic and contemporary collections.

The East End Archive Exhibition will be followed by Uncertain States 2014, which opens in early November, also part of Photomonth.

Photomonth celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. Since 2001 the festival has established itself as a major international event – bringing innovation and inspiration through the Open Call for exhibitions and encouraging participation in the wide variety of events on offer.

Comments of the exhibition

‘An invaluable addition to British photographic archives and the attendant discourses and debates that are examined in the variety of approaches to the subject showcased in the book.’ - Paul Hill MBE, Visiting Professor, De Montfort University and University of Derby

'The Cass East End archive is a brilliant idea. It's a wonderful and necessary project and resource' - Grace Lau, photographer and author.

‘Throughout the UK Museums, libraries, historical societies, government agencies, charities and trusts are wrestling with how better to understand the digital archive…The East End Archive at the Cass is a leader in the field.’ - Zelda Cheatle


The exhibition runs until 1 November 2014. Find out more about the East End Archive at The Cass on the exhibition website. Information about the Uncertain States exhibition coming soon. 

More information about studying at The Cass, go to their website. 

Information about this piece, please contact Ida Aari, i.aari@londonmet.ac.uk