The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
Hackney
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

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Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Current Exhibition

TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN O'BRIEN

TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN O'BRIENColin O'Brien's exhibition of photographs, TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS, is now on show at The Broadway Bookshop.

The exhibition will continue through early 2014 and is open to the public during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm; Sundays 11am - 5pm.

We also have copies of Travellers' Children In London Fields, a handsomely produced 72 page hardback collecting Colin's portraits, published by Spitalfields Life Books and printed in Brick Lane by The Aldgate Press. Price £10.

"I came across the travellers whilst I was photographing a deserted warehouse in London Fields. They had parked their caravans in and around Martello Street near the railway arches by the station. This part of Hackney was very run down in the eighties . . . In the first week, I started to take one or two Polaroid shots of the children which I gave to them to show their parents. Some of the parents then dressed the children up and sent them out for me to take more portraits . . . When I returned to the site on the fourth week the families had gone . . . it was only when I started to print the negatives that I realised what an amazing set of images they were."

Born in Clerkenwell, photographer Colin O'Brien has been taking pictures on the streets of London since 1948. To find out more about Colin and TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS please visit www.colinobrien.co.uk.

We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

Colin O'Brien: 65 / Book Launch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 6.30pm

The Broadway Bookshop invites you to the launch of 65: the new book by photographer Colin O'Brien.

In 65 images spanning 65 years, this beautifully crafted and thoughtfully curated retrospective book gives, for the first time, O'Brien's admirers and those new to his work a unique, panoramic view of a career-long fascination with the everyday.

Signed copies of 65 will be available on the night. Wine will be served. Entry is free.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

65 is printed on Munken papers carefully selected for their imaging qualities and subtle off-whites to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. The book is thread-sewn and open-bound allowing you to see the full image with nothing lost in the bind. Book design and curation by Vincent Howcutt. Price £25.

'Without deadlines or editorial demands O’Brien was free to document the world his way, searching for slices of fact that, when laid together formed their own personal fantasy.' - Joanna Pitman The Times

'His work is barely known because he never worked for publication or even for money, devoting himself single-mindedly to taking pictures for their own sake. Yet over the passage of time, as a consequence of the purism of his approach, the authority of Colin O’Brien’s superlative photography – distinguished by its human sympathy and aesthetic flair – stands comparison with any of the masters of twentieth century British photography.' - The Gentle Author

To find out more about Colin and his photography please visit www.colinobrien.co.uk

John Clare: A Play presented by Off The Page

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 7.00pm

Details coming soon.

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