Nigel Henderson Streets

Source: Nigel Henderson's streets: photographs of London's East End 1949-53
Date: June 21, 2023 Category: Art, Things

Boy, possibly Jummie Deachey, on Chisenhale Road, Bow E3 1951

Niegl Henderson (1917-85) was an artist and photographer whose work had a profound influence on British art in the 1950s and 1960s. Having been introduced to the art world by his mother, who managed Peggy Guggenheim’s first gallery in London and had friends in the Bloomsbury Group, he established himself in a circle that included leading figures in modern art such as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti and Eduardo Paolozzi.

While living in Bethnal Green, east London, Handerson took to walking the streets and created an extraordinary collection of photographs documenting life in the area between 1949 and 1953. These photographs capture the textures of the streets and the heart of working-class life in all its post-war reality. From Textural shots of cobbled streets and walls, past hop-scotching children and working men, to bustling market scenes and street parties celebrating the 1953 coronation, Henderson’s unique view of the streets evokes the character of London’s East End and it’s people, as well as documenting a way of life that would soon disappear.

Nigel Henderson reflected in a window c.1950. Black and white negative, 5.5 x5.5. Tate

Kitchenware stall, opposite Canrobert Street, Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green E2

Bert Smith, surrounded by children, outside 46 Chisenhale Road, Bow E3

Gillian Alexander skipping, Chisenhale Road, Bow E3 1951

Heads Seen through Pub Window, East End

Exhibition This is Tomorrow - a collaboration with Paollozzi and the Smithsons openns at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

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