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The Tommy Flowers

6 June - 22 June

First shown together at Médiathèque Le Teil in 2009, with the support of the Ardèche-Rhône Cultural Department, south-central France, these ‘memories of concrete and earth’ combines responses to the D-Day, 6th June, 75 years ago.

Mackertich’s Blockhaus is a long term project beginning in the early 1980s, to document the Atlantic Wall, using 5×4” plate film in a mid-20th century Speed Graphic camera, all processed and printed by the photographer.

‘Thousands still litter the coasts of Europe and its cities, with their concrete malevolence and like Crusader castles they will endure as salient talismans’ –
Jonathan Meades, writer and presenter of the BBC series Concrete Poetry, quoted from the foreword to Blockhaus.

Name, Rank & Serial Number is Hunter’s homage to the last journey of the great uncle he never knew, John Gaffney, killed in action in Normandy on 22nd June 1944, aged 19. His only possession to return home was a metal faced military watch.

‘They demonstrate the most moving aspect of that Normandy experience [-] that of
a rustic countryside, albeit sewn with deadly fortifications everywhere’ – David Holbrook, D-Day veteran and Emeritus Professor of English at Downing College, Cambridge, in the foreword Name, Rank & Serial Number.

Related publications are available at The Tommy Flowers throughout the exhibition.
Flowers himself played a key role in D-Day, with his codebreaking machine Colossus, delivering ultra-secret Lorenz messaging, or ‘Hitler’s email’ to the Allies in real time.

Peter Mackertich is advocates ‘silver as permanence’ eschewing digital imagery in favour of black and white negatives, hand printing in his darkroom. With a successful parallel career in advertising photography, his work was awarded a highly prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil.

Garry Hunter has worked professionally in the photographic industry since 1980, from exhibition printer to assistant, before establishing a reputation for creating abstract, experimental imagery in the 1990s, winning many awards while resident in London and New York City.

Exhibition open Mon-Wed 10am-2pm and Thurs-Sat 4pm-11pm.


Fitzrovia Noir CIC
The Tommy Flowers
50 Aberfeldy Street
E14 0NU

Exhibition launch, all welcome



Opening reception with artists in attendance

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, The Tommy Flowers presents a selection of film-based photographic works responding to the Normandy Landings.

Publications featuring the works will be available:
Blockhaus by Peter Mackertich, published with the Imperial War Museum London;
Name, Rank and Serial Number by Garry Hunter, published with Tabla Rasa Gallery, New York City and Responses to Conflict & Loss, published with University of Hertfordshire Press, in association with UH Galleries/Matthew Shaul.


Getting to: The Tommy Flowers

The Tommy Flowers is in walking distance of a range of DLR stations: East India, All Saints and Langdon Park, plus Canning Town on the DLR/Jubilee Line, which connects with the 309 bus route, a ten minute journey.

Because of massive development in the immediate area, the walking route from East India is currently indirect, so we recommend the 309 bus that also runs from Bethnal Green. There is also a TFL cycle hire rack opposite and free parking after 5:30pm weekdays and free all weekend.

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