More prospecting in East London

Posted on August 7, 2014

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Whilst I have been deliberating on how I am going to proceed with the East London Project, I have been continuing to make images. To some extent the images will inform my decision on how to go forward. I also had an encouraging meeting with Toynbee Hall. How I might show the work is also a factor to consider and if Toynbee were to agree to work with me on an exhibition this could be a deciding factor. Last night and early this morning I was out and about in Hackney, Shoreditch and Whitechapel. These are the images and associated texts:

Hackney and Shoreditch-5

“In the inner ring nearly all available space is used for building, and almost every house is filled up with families…. The building of large blocks….only substitutes one sort of crowding for another”     Charles Booth 1889

Hackney and Shoreditch-6

“The clearances and rebuildings cause a far greater disturbance of population…. The model blocks do not necessarily provide for the actual displaced population, so much as for an equivalent number of others, sometimes of a different class”       Charles Booth 1889

Hackney and Shoreditch-2

“He complained of the great pressure on the police by publicans, also….by the police on the police not to give up a lucrative source of revenue. Very little beer is now given…. money payments have taken its place”           Charles Booth 1898

“All work of the trade is carried on in factories.... Women cigar-makers get from 15 to 40 per cent, less wages than men.... some of them....when very quick with their fingers get as much as £1 a week” Charles Booth 1889

“All work of the trade is carried on in factories…. Women cigar-makers get from 15 to 40 per cent, less wages than men…. some of them…. when very quick with their fingers get as much as £1 a week”             Charles Booth 1889

Hackney and Shoreditch-1

“Neighbourhood of the gas works accounts for what roughness there is….pistol-gangs of boys aged 14-17, a girl was wounded and the sentences passed very heavy”      Charles Booth 1898

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