Images of East End beauty and history on display in Stratford
PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 February 2012 | UPDATED: 08:04 06 February 2012
Images capturing the spirit of Newham and East London will be exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery at Westfield Stratford City from February 10 until March 18.
The pop-up gallery on The Street will be devoted to Getty Images’ archival collections of the East End and its residents; the cosmopolitan atmosphere and communities and incredible portraits of resilience during the Blitz.
Key works on display, which will be on sale, include images from the legendary Picture Post magazine; The Pool of London; Whitechapel’s Jews and Cockneys’ Own Party.
Pieces includes a 1912 image of barefoot children waiting in Salmon’s Lane for a free meal, which Getty Images’ Hulton Archive printed from the original glass plate, despite it being damaged, to give a fascinating illustration of East London exactly 100 years ago.
Myf Ryan, general manager of Marketing UK said: “Inspiring art and design have formed the backbone of Westfield Stratford City.
“From the unique pillarless architecture to the bespoke concierge uniforms designed by up-and-coming Shoreditch designer, Julian J Smith, art and fashion are celebrated in equal measure.
“We are honoured to host an exhibition that celebrates East London’s past at a time we are looking to its future and legacy.”
Images were collated from the archives in online imagery, print files and contact sheets.
Getty Images darkrooms worked from original glass plate negatives through to contemporary film, hand printing and hand retouching each print.
Louise Garczewska, gallery director, said: “The EAST exhibition is a selection of some of our most iconic and esteemed images showcasing life in East London over 100 years.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to offer the East London community the chance to see some of these rare and incredible shots, hand selected from over 80 million images.”
Among the images are those from the Royal Albert Docks.
Opened in 1880, the original Dock had more than three miles of quay and covered 87 acres, making it Britain’s largest purpose-built dock at the time and the first lit by electricity.
Originally built to accommodate larger vessels who could not moor further upriver, the dock also handled the increasing trade in tobacco and meat.
Today it is the site of London City Airport.
There are also unique shots of women enjoying day outings, wonderful shots of children in East London and great pictures from moments in West Ham United’s history.
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