Imagining the East End
24 x 18 cm | 9 x 7 in
80 ills | 96 pages
Authors Susan Andrews, Dr Nicholas Haeffner
Editor Zelda Cheatle
Archive: Imagining the East Endaccompanies The East End Archive at The Cass, a collection comprised of art and photography concerned with London’s East End and its diaspora. The book explores a range of traditional and conceptual approaches, alongside essays discussing the East End and issues associated with archiving.
Comprising a wide variety of approaches to photography, Archive: Imagining the East End includes work from a range of artists and photographers including Don McCullin, Tom Hunter, Jo Spence, Joy Gregory, Mike Seaborne and Stephen Gill.
Seen as both a geographic and conceptual space, the East End is interpreted as a perpetually shifting frontier within the urban sprawl of London that is part tangible and part imagined, with representations of the area, ranging from traditional documentary to works of the imagination, in order to reflect “our East End”: the ever-changing frontier where dreams, dissent and transformation co-exist.
Traditional and historic views together with the newly fashionable status of certain areas of the East End are also explored, with essays from leading academics, photographers and archivists which investigate the concept of a photographic archive in historical and theoretical contexts.
“Cities have always presented opportunities for transformation…. The East End—our east end—has been, at least since Gustav Dore’s London Pilgrimage of 1872, a territory perpetually in need of transformation, vicious and semi-criminal, a dark continent off-limits to all but the most intrepid missionaries and pioneers. As parts of it have succumbed to gentrification by way of romantic ruin, so ‘East End’ has moved outwards, beyond Shoreditch, beyond Whitechapel, beyond the Isle of Dogs, beyond Hackney. In fact ‘East End’ is in reality a state of mind, the necessary frontier of ‘regeneration’ wherever that may be…” D Howells. Activate 4, 2008.