Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

Published on September 15th 2016

Special pre-publication price: £12 author signed copy - see ordering information below.

 

 

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.

Here is the official introduction ...

 

Elder Street, Spitalfields

Panasonic GX8, Olypus Pro 7-14/2.8

One of the issues facing an urban landscape photographer is the heavy prevalence of parked cars that often detract from or obscure a view. But this classic Morris Minor parked in Elder Street, Spitalfields is the rare exception. It is opposite number 32, which was built in the early 18th century and was home to Mark Gertler, an early 20th century at some point in his life. In this rare case the vintage car and the historic house do compliment each other.

Review at Londonist - Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

Panasonic GX8, Olympus Pro 7-14/2.8

The Londonist has reviewed my book "Whitechapel in 50 Buildings" and says "This Hawksmoor church is a familiar sight to anyone who's visited Brick Lane or Spitalfields Market, but we've rarely seen it looking finer than in this early morning shot, with the long shadows of dawn".

You can read the full review here. 

 

Eyes Down

 

Camden Town, Ricoh GR

Tower House, the 'Monster Doss House'

Fieldgate Street, 2016 - one of the buildings described in my book "Whitechapel in 50 Buildings", Tower House was one of several buildings developed for itinerant workers but in reality became a doss house for the unemployed. It had two famous inhabitants during its time. George Orwell resided here in 1933 during his research for 'Down and Out in London and Paris', and long before that in 1907 Josepsh Djugashvili - later know as Stalin - spent two weeks here before finding 'better' lodgings nearby. Now it has been gentrified and converted into flats. A building of almost identical design is also found in Camden Town.

Lone Beach Hut at Sunset

Sony A7R, Carl Zeiss FE 24-70/4

I took this photograph almost one year ago to the day - or rather I should say, dusk.

I'd noticed the beach hut all on its own on the shingle on a walk the previous day. I had also been tracking the position of the moon, which was just shy of full, throughout the previous few nights and I was pretty sure they would line up with each other close after sunset.

The only other variable was the weather which had been consistently awful the whole week. My weather app on my smartphone suggested a window of fair weather around sunset and it was my good luck it broke that way.

Sleepy Time

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Leica Q

Victor turned up at our back door about a year ago. A neighbour had rescued him. As often happens with a cat displaced like this he decided that he would choose his home, not some human. So, he chose us. He is a surprisingly affectionate cat and loves to spend time cuddled up with my wife on the couch for an afternoon siesta.

Bull Yummy

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Mortimer Street, London - Ricoh GR

I very rarely do 'street photography' but when I am on an errand I will often take my Ricoh GR with me.

On 'Tin Pan Alley' (Denmark Street)

Guitar Boxes and Construction Workers, Tin Pan Alley, Ricoh GR

I've been visiting Denmark Street since the early 1970s when my father indulgently traipsed around the guitar shops with me on my quest to own my first Gibson. Over the years I have bought more than two handfulls, in fact so many guitars that I would literally have to sit quietly and concentrate for some time to remember them all. All come and gone, though.

Burghley House, April 2011

Burghley House, April 2011, Leica M8 Elmarit M 90/2.8

I recently visited an excellent free exhibition "Lenses On A Landscape Genius" which presents the work of the famous British landscape gardener, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, as seen through the eyes of contemporary photographers. The exhibition is free and it taking place at the Building Centre in Store Street in London (details here).

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