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The East End in Colour 1960-1980

David Granick
The East End In Colour 1960-1980

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
3 February – 5 May 2018

This spring we are very pleased to publish a selection of David Granick’s colour slides in collaboration with Hoxton Mini Press and exhibit his work in a free display curated by Chris Dorley-Brown.

David Granick lived and died in Stepney. A keen photographer and member of the East London History Society he gave lectures on various local history themes illustrated with images taken by himself or his fellow members of the Stepney Camera Club. On his death in 1980, his Kodachrome slides were deposited at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) – the Victorian public library  five minutes’ walk from his home - where they have been securely preserved ever since.

A few years ago, volunteers began gradually scan the slide collections held at THLHLA, and a few were posted on social media. Local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown immediately recognised the special quality of those taken by David Granick and expressed a wish to digitise them all himself in a higher quality, removing dust and scratches.  Details of his process are described in the introduction to the book.

We are very grateful to Chris for his diligent voluntary work in bringing these images to a wider audience. He has now curated an exhibition of the slides here at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives to coincide with their publication.

Events programme

Exhibition launch
Thursday 8 February, 6:15 - 7:45pm

Photographer and exhibition curator Chris Dorley-Brown will discuss the work of David Granick which he has digitised and researched.
ALSO, weeks before its main release on 22 February, visit the exhibition to purchase the book from us directly for the discounted price of £15!

Film screening: 'Portrait of East London’
Thursday 1 March, 6:15 - 7:45pm

A selection of documentary films, arranged and hosted by Bea Moyes, showing East End lives during the period illustrated in the exhibition. Check our website for details of the films we will be screening a bit nearer the time.

More events to be programmed - watch this space! All our events are free and no booking is required.