An exhibition has opened of previously unseen photographs which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film.
In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the East End was a place usually captured in black and white, so these photographs present a rare chance to see views of these neighbourhoods in the 1960s and 1970s – some still familiar, many since vanished – in colour for the first time.
The photographs on display were taken by David Granick, a member of the East London History Society.
After his death in 1980, they were given to the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives. More recently, volunteers have been scanning them into digital files, and then local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown offered to clean them up for public display.
For this exhibition, the archive staff have worked with Chris to present the images as Granick originally showed them during his lifetime – using a carousel slide projector. In total, eighty of Granick’s slides appear on screen in rotation.
In addition to this, more than 200 images are hung on the walls of the exhibition hall.
The exhibition is open Mon-Fri, and some Saturdays including lates on Thursdays, until 5th May. Entry is free.