More in The Vanished East End

192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU, United Kingdom

The Vanished East End

Brady Arts Centre

7 April - 28 April

This exhibition of documentary photography from the 70s and 80s 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 by acclaimed photographers Tom Hunter, Diane Bush, Mike Seaborne, Brian Griffin and Syd Shelton. Much of the work on display has been published in a collaborative venture between London Metropolitan University and Café Royal Books, a long-term advocate of British documentary photography. The books showcase each photographer’s distinctive and personal approach to capturing the area and consist of:

• Down the Lane by Tom Hunter – taken in the 1980s prior to Tom’s professional career when he had a stall at Brick Lane Market and photographed the passers-by.
• East End by Diane Bush– 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 by Mike Seaborne – showcasing the huge social and economic changes in the area through the 1970s and 1980s, which were defined by a vanished post-industrial landscape.
• The Broadgate Development by Brian Griffin – commenting on the massive economic shifts in the 1980s when local borough borders were re-drawn as the City spread with the deregulation of the financial markets.
• Street Portraits by Syd Shelton – an ongoing 45 year conversation with people of the East End. Syd is a British photographer who is well known for his documentation of the Rock Against Racism movement.

In addition, a selection of photographs is exhibited from London Metropolitan University’s East End Archive by the world-renowned photographer Don McCullin and the actor Steven Berkoff.

192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

Exhibition preview:


6-8 pm

Every picture tells a story and this evening will provide an opportunity to meet some of the artists participating in the exhibition as well as a chance to talk to the curator. The Brady Arts and Community Centre is in the heart of London’s East End and provides the perfect venue from which to survey this visual documentation of how the local cityscape has been transformed in recent decades.

Getting to: Brady Arts Centre

The Brady Arts & Community Centre is a just a 5-minute walk from Whitechapel Station and 10 minutes from Aldgate East and Liverpool Street. Up the road from the centre is Brick Lane leading to Spitalfields.

Closest Stations:

Whitechapel (Overground, and Underground), Aldgate East, Liverpool Street

Opening times:

Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm

Sunday – Closed

Tel: 020 7364 7900


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