The three fine-art photography books listed here are the result of multi-year projects based in Whitechapel and Camden Town. My work on these projects is available as high quality print and electronic publications using the Blurb 'print-on-demand' service. Please use the links in the right hand column to visit the Blurb website for previews of the inside of the books and to order.
The books cover the diverse topics of the fragile hinterland of Whitechapel, a visual demonstration of how a modern secondary school works each day, and how architecture commands and blends into the landscape around it.
This page contains some images from all 3 books. Thank you for looking at my work.
Ampthill: A Picture Book To Remember Her By (2012)
From the introduction:
Welcome to Ampthill, a distictive trio of colour coded tower blocks in north London, deriving their name from a small town in Bedfordshire.
A waypoint on any journey from the West End of London to Hampstead, they are an intriguing architectural statement with a chequered history.
Louis Berk, an award winning photographer has spent the last five years photographing Ampthill from around the borough of Camden. The buildings turn up in the most unexpected ways and often provide a focal point or a backdrop to other buildings and activities. The resulting pictures show how architecture is not only important close up but can be equally important from a distance.
School Work: One Day In The Life Of An Outstanding Secondary School (2010)
School Work is a photographic account of the activities performed by the staff in an outstanding secondary school. Swanlea School is located in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived boroughs in the United Kingdom.
In the October 2008 Ofsted Report the inspectors noted that Swanlea School "really is a school where every child matters". School Work explains how the contribution of staff at all levels and in all types of activity helps to achieve the highest level of performance as measured by Ofted.
School Work is an important insight for both educational practitioners and the general public alike. It challenges the reader's perception of how a secondary school works and provides a valuable insight into the processes which are vital for the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning.
School work contains almost 100 full colour photographs accompanied by text explaining the operations and teaching and learning of an inner-City school. It will be of great interest not only to the educational community but to local and central government departments, NGOs, suppliers and parents interested in gaining an authoritative insight into secondary education in the UK.
"What this book shows is the important contribution which all staff make towards the success of a large secondary school. Louis Berk provides us with a bird's eye view of a day in the life of an outstanding school as told through the work of our staff"
07:45 Preparations are already underway for today's lunch
08:41 Morning Briefing for staff
09:07 English Language Class
13:10 School Council Meeting, lead by Deputy Head Teacher
14:05 Corridor Management - supervisor escorting student back to class
16:40 Each day over 11,000ms of school space is cleaned
17:48 Awards Evening
Walk to Work: from the City to Whitechapel (2008)
Walk to Work takes the reader on three early morning walks, each originating in the City of London and finishing in the heart of the historic Whitechapel district of London's East End.
Accompanied by observations and anecdotal social history it is a journey through a rich historical area of London, rarely seen outside the confines of its close knit community.
Walk to Work is the visual record of an area of London which is continually evolving and now under the threat of the march eastward of the financial district and inevitable gentrification.
The standard edition is a 10x8 inch softcover book containing 120 pages of full colour photographs.
"Louis' eye for the interesting and different, as well as the vibrant saturated colours he uses in his photography, make this an enjoyable and different take on the ordinary and not so ordinary environment of this part of the city"
"The book documents the amazing change of scenery in little over a mile, between the glass office towers around Liverpool Street, and the small market stalls serving the local communities around Whitechapel station."
"Wonderful book, I keep revisiting the pages and enjoying images again. Highly Recommended"
Liverpool Street, early morning, the edge of the City of London
The Georgian splendour of Devonshire Square
Middlesex Street: gateway to the East End
Wentworth Street: before the market begins
Brune House: in the shadow of the Gherkin
Whitehcapel Waste: setting up the market on wet winter's morning
Arrival in the heart of Whitechapel
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