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TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN O'BRIEN
Colin 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
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 6.30pm
Following the success of his current exhibition and book (Travellers' Children in London Fields) Colin O'Brien will be appearing at the shop to celebrate the launch of 65: his highly anticipated retrospective book of his photography spanning 65 years. '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
Signed copies of the book will be available. Wine will be served. Entry is free.
Please RSVP: email@example.com
John Clare: A Play presented by Off The Page
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 7.00pm
Details coming soon.