David Hoffman’s East End
Contributing Photographer David Hoffman sent me these pictures from the seventies he uncovered recently while digitising his archive and which it is my privilege to publish for the first time here today.
“I moved to the dilapidated slums of Whitechapel from the dilapidated slums of North Kensington in 1970. First to 19a Chicksand St which was soon demolished, then to 17 Black Lion Yard. When that was predictably demolished in 1973, I squatted one of the tinned-up tenement flats in Fieldgate Mansions, replacing the council concrete-filled loo and building a darkroom.
With a Nikon F and 35mm lens hanging from my wrist, I wandered the strange, chaotic time-slipped streets trying to work out what photography was about. I never did find out. These photos ended up as contact sheets buried and forgotten beneath the protest photography that became my specialism in the late seventies.
As I now digitise forty years’ work, they’ve floated back into sight. I think they’ve matured nicely over the decades.” – David Hoffman
Photographs copyright © David Hoffman
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