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David Bailey’s East End is an exhibition by the world-renowned photographer featuring never-before-seen pictures spanning 50 years of life in the East End and focusing on the Sixties, Eighties and recent years.

Some famous faces feature in this innovative new exhibition, alongside shots of the area’s most infamous residents, illustrating the eclectic nature of the area’s inhabitants. The 1960s section features images shot for a Sunday Times Magazine article on the Kray twins that could never be published, as they went to trial as the article was due for print. The gambling club featured was firebombed minutes after Bailey left the building.

See Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Stratford and Newham as you never have before, with old shop fronts and children playing in bombed out buildings long since cleared to make way for tower blocks.

Bailey’s photographs have come to provide a visual record of the diverse groups of immigrants who have settled in this part of the city. The pictures expertly capture the ever-changing topography of East London life.

The exhibition is part of the Create summer programme and runs until August 5th at Compressor House, Royal Docks, London.


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