Additional guided tour announced of photography exhibition at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives- with curator Susan Andrews and three of the exhibiting artists
Date: October 26 2021
The Vanished East End exhibition, which runs until February 2022, evolved from a special collaborative box-set publication between the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University and Café Royal Books who share a similar ethos regarding the cultural importance of the preservation and dissemination of British Documentary Photography. Released in March 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, the set comprises of four books made for what was then The East End Archive at The Cass.
About The East End Archive:
The East End Archive 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. In fact, 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.
About Café Royal Books:
Café Royal Books is a publisher of limited edition photographic titles focussing on British documentary photography. Founded by Craig Atkinson in 2005, Café Royal Books aims to create a focussed and complete archive of British documentary photography. Publishing roughly 70 titles each year with a small edition 'archive box' every 100th title. These archive boxes are aimed at major collections, libraries and museums — helping to increase the visibility of the work and making the books publicly accessible for as long as possible. Collectors are wide and varied but include, MoMA NY, Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The British Library, The Hyman Collection, Martin Parr Foundation, TATE, V&A / National Art Library. Publications are affordable, democratic, utilitarian and useful, without fuss or decoration, the images, history and the cultural archive are the focus.
About Tower Hamlets Archives:
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives holds outstanding and unique resources on the history of London’s world famous East End. It covers the London Borough of Tower Hamlets which was created from the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney.
To book a place on The Vanished East End, A Guided Tour please register on Eventbrite
The Vanished East End: A Guided Tour
6 November, 2pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road
Free but please register in advance here
For directions, transport and up to date opening times see the visitor information page
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