Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

 

 

Back in stock and signed copies available for order today!

 

Published in September 2016.

This book is the vision of photographer Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky, an acknowledged expert on east-end and specifically Whitechapel social history. We chose 50 buildings, still standing today, that capture the essence of Whitechapel, past and present. We hope you enjoy this look at Whitechapel as much as we enjoyed writing the book.

Save The Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Save Bell by Rob Ryan

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the first building in my book "Whitehcapel In 50 Buildings" and was chosen because of its unique and important historical status. The foundry is set to close this year and it uncertain how the buildings will be used in the future. It would be a magnificent outcome if they are preserved for future generations. You can find out how to help by reading the article at Spitalfields Life.

 

Small Car Big City

On a recent photographic activity in central London for a forthcoming book by my friend Rachel Kolsky I happened upon this tableau which to me is a classic British scene - almost something out of the 'swinging sixties'.

I love the old mini shape - and this was one of the last versions produced, I think sometime at the turn of the millenium. In this case it looks as though it has been modified with an eyecatching colour scheme, nice 'boots' (as we called wheels sometime in the 1970s!) and a full length sun roof. The owners, 'Small Car Big City' specialise in mini-hire and tours around London in a mini. 

Whitechapel Sunset

A photograph from last Wednesday about 20 minutes after sunset looking down Whitechapel Road towards the City and the unmistakable outline of the 'Gherkin'. The sky really did turn a deep purple as the last rays of the sunset lit up the clouds.

Happy New Year from LouisBerk.com

Happy New Year 2017 from LouisBerk.com. Thank you to everyone who has supported my work in 2016, it is very much appreciated.

This dramatic photograph was taken in Camden Town, on Christmas Eve. I slowed the shutter down and waited for a new Red Routemaster to come into the frame hoping to achieve red and white light trails. It only took about 5 tries to get everything right!

Toynbee Hole

It has been several months since I have been for a walk around the Brick Lane area so this 'hole' on Wentworth Street, as the result of the demolition of much of the Toynbee Hall estate was quite a dramatic surprise to me.

Goodbye Whitechapel Bell Foundry

The entrance first established in 1739 on Whitechapel High Street

Spitalfields Life and the Daily Mail, amongst others, have broken the news that the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is to close when the current owner, Alan Hughes, retires in May 2017.

In this blog entry I show some of the photographs I took in August 2008 when my wife and I were fortunate enough to get places on a tour of the foundry.

Londonist Podcast about Whitechapel In 50 Buildings

Idea Store - Whitechapel Road

Londonist Out Loud has published a podcast this week which features a tour around Whitechapel with my co-author based on our book Whitechapel in 50 Buildings. Follow this link to listen to the podcast!

 

Whitechapel versus Kentish Town

This month's (November 2016) issue of the Kentish Towner local cultural guide includes a feature article I wrote comparing my photographs of Whitechapel with photographs of similar buildings in Kentish Town. I make the point that London is really a group of joined up villages - each with its own distinct style - but some common themes, achitecturally.

Verbena Bonariensis

Click on the photograph to see a larger size - Sigma DP3M Merrill

I am not a gardener at all but my wife is passionate about her plants and bulbs. I do enjoy photographing the delicate blooms and some are more of challenge than others. This Verbena Bonariensis is still going strong as we head from October into November. 

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