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Photomonth 2015

Event preview

PHOTOMONTH celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. This year there are well over 100 exhibitions and events involving more than 500 artists during October and November.

Photomonth opens on October 1 at theprintspace gallery with Harrodsburg, a remarkable body of work by Glaswegian photographer Dougie Wallace who continues to push the boundaries of the social documentary genre. Harrodsburg tells a story of glut, greed and the widening wealth gap playing out on the streets of a city that is going through unprecedented social change. l

The state of our city is also examined and reflected in a number of other strong Photomonth exhibitions:-

Pete Burke is Glimpsing the Future through building site peepholes in Hackney.

With so many East End pubs under threat Jan Klos has documented the dedicated teams determined to keep the doors open in his Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London.

Anthony Coleman’s images in his Town Hall Series show how these bold and imposing structures now contrast greatly with their surroundings. l

Dalston in Colour photographed in the early 2000s celebrates what Hester Dennet and Peter Young had come to cherish over previous decades up and down the Kingsland Road from Stamford Hill to Shoreditch High Street.

The debut exhibition of East London collective Twentyfourseven documents the ever changing customers at Brick Lane’s round-the-clock ‘24/7’ institution, the Beigel Bake.

Hackney Wick resident Ansell Cizic has recorded the creative individuals who have made the East End an attractive proposition for property developers in his show The Wick and Beyond. l

In 1889, Charles Booth completed a prominent survey of poverty in East London Life and Labour of the People. Keith Greenough revisits Booth’s East London with his show Lifting the Curtain juxtaposing his images with texts drawn from Booth’s survey. l

More powerful history is explored through Modern Magic Lantern Shows at Bishopsgate Institute which include photographer Syd Shelton presenting his Rock Against Racism images.

The Tower Hamlets History Library exhibits the work of William Whiffin 1878-1957 showing photographs of East London from the 1910s to the 1950s.

Many people are often not aware that Bengali people have lived in London for nearly 400 years. The Bengali East End Photowalk guided by Julie Begum will enable participants to find out more about one of the largest communities in London.

Tackling global issues:

Alixandra Fazzina will give this years LIP Lecture Visualising Migration. She will talk about her book A Million Shillings: Escape from Somalia and her ongoing project The Flowers of Afghanistan both of which cover the subject of human smuggling and trafficking. l

Sandblast have organised the exhibition Africa’s Last Colony: Remembering 40 Years of Conflict in Western Sahara. l

Asef Ali Mohammed has documented the Hazara community from Afghanistan who have settled in Quetta, Pakistan.

Kate Stanworth has photographed the Hargeysa International Book Fair showing the work of young Somalis beyond the modern stereotypes of terrorism and warlord. l

The Photobook Weekend is a major new event created by Photomonth in collaboration with the Hoxton Mini Press and Mini Click to promote independent publishers and the art of the photobook with a Book Market, Talks and Events.

Photomonth is also introducing some Professional Development Talks to help photographers in their careers and these will be given by Karen Harvey of Shutter Hub ( and Susan Mumford of Be Smart About Art (

Providing even further opportunities the Photomonth Photo-Open and Portfolio Review will be held at the Rich Mix during November.

The Photoblock @ Old Truman Brewery is a major hub of activity during Photomonth with The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158, Photomasters MA Photography Show, the AOP Photography Awards and Hasselblad ShootLDN.

Major institutions involved in this year’s Photomonth include the Royal Observatory Greenwich with the magnificent Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Imperial War Museum with Lee Miller one of the most important female war photographers of the 20th century, the Museum of London Docklands with Soldiers and Suffragettes the photography of Christina Broom, the UK’s first female press photographer, the V&A Museum of Childhood with Kites from Kabul by Andrew Quilty, and the Whitechapel Gallery hosting a special Youth Workshop for Photomonth with Ukrainian photographer Alina Kisina.

A wide ranging programme of events and talks will continue throughout Photomonth with courses and youth and community workshops.

Free Festival Brochures will be available from

The Full Festival Diary with latest listings and news of the Photomonth 2015 programme will be online at