Secret Whitechapel

*** Online price: £12 (RRP 14.99)  **
*** Author signed copies only available here! ***
Do you want to discover where Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky attended the London Congress of the future Communist party of Russia, or visit a rural idyll at the heart of Whitechapel? Who was Tommy Flowers and where was Joseph Merrick first seen by Dr Frederick Treves? 

Why are there artworks on the Spitalfields pavements and maidens’ faces decorating so many walls? What are the secrets behind the graceful but unadorned Georgian building façades?

In Secret Whitechapel Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky take you on a journey through the lesser-known sights of the area, telling the extraordinary stories of the people that lived there and the events surrounding them. Spanning the history of Whitechapel from the seventeenth century to the modern day and illustrated with both archive and contemporary images, this book brings to life one of London’s most fascinating areas.

96 pages with over 100 archival and contemporary photographs, including a map to guide you around the area.

Price: £12.00

Interview in CarmeraCraft Magazine

Last month I was interviewed by CameraCraft magazine for a feature on photographers who present their work in books.

The article has now been published and Icon Publications have been kind enough to give me permission to publish the piece click here.

Seoul in four cameras

A mixture of the modern and traditional: Ricoh GR+WAadapter


If you have ever spent any time in camera forums you will have seen the commonly posted question: “I am going on holiday to somewhere and what camera and lenses would you recommend I take?” This article is my personal take on how I chose the equipment I took with me on a recent visit to Seoul in South Korea.

Taxi Kite: "You looking at me?"

Even though the LCD screens on the back of digital cameras have improved enormously, it is not always apparent what you have captured until you get a chance to process your photos and view them on a computer display. In this case I discovered that this Red Kite was checking me out as it spiralled lazily on the thermals above my head, taken in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. You can click on the photo to see it larger.

My best bird shot of the summer

In recent years I've started to take bird photography a lot more seriously and in mid-June I upgrade my Panasonic m43rds system by acquiring the GH5. Panasonic make a deservedly big noise about the video capabilities of the camera but I purchased it purely for stills and wildlife. In July I put it to the test during a break on the south coast of England photographing swallows. 

BBC In Pictures feature of my latest book

The BBC News has featured my latest book at their website. The article has a number of photographs from the book and some great information about the meaning of each photograph. I feel really privileged to have had my work exhibited on the BBC News website


Londonist review of my latest book

Londonist has put up an article reviewing my latest book at their website and included some of my favourite photographs.

Read the article here.

"We are but shadows"

As you can see from the home page I have announced the publication of my new book of photography, "East End Jewish Cemeteries: Brady Street and Alderney Road". The book is the result of a 5-year photographic study where I was granted exclusive access to two of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in the UK, from the 17th and 18th centuries and both now returning to nature. These tranquil and intimate areas are a contradiction to the urban environment of the East End and are hidden from view. Now, this book opens them up and allows the reader to see natural oases in the heart of Whitechapel.

April has started nicely

When I am not tramping the streets of London looking for photographic opportunities I like to relax by doing some bird photography. Although I would hardly call myself a 'twitcher' I have become a little more knowledgeable about bird life and identification. This is the first year we have had a pair nesting in our bird box in the back garden. In this case a pair of Great Tits. I photographed this one returning to the box with a nice juicy caterpillar for his mate. She may already be incubating some eggs!


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.


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