Nigel Henderson’s East End
Between 1948 and 1953, Artist & Photographer Nigel Henderson lived in Bethnal Green and documented the life that surrounded him in photographs which have now been published for the first time in Nigel Henderson’s Streets by Tate.
Born into London’s literary and artistic world – his mother managed Peggy Guggenheim’s gallery – Henderson married Virginia Woolf’s niece and escorted Henri Cartier-Bresson around the East End while in Bethnal Green.
Henderson’s photographs of Bethnal Green comprise an invaluable testimony, many of subjects that are not recorded elsewhere, and their astonishing detail offers hours of delight for the curious.
Boys outside W&F Riley newsagent, 76 Cleveland Way, Bethnal Green, E2
S Lavner, newsagent and tobacconist, 241 Bethnal Green Rd, E2
Benjamin Myer Levin, chandlers’ shop, 105 Cephas St, Bethnal Green, E2
AW Roman, sugared fritter seller, Sclater St, Spitalfields E1
Mason’s fresh fish stall, Bethnal Green Rd, E2
Kitchenware stall, Bethnal Green Rd, E2
Frank Clarke’s pet medecine stall, Sclater St, Spitalfields, E1
Junk market, off Virginia Rd, Bethnal Green, E2
Barrel organ, Bethnal Green Rd, E2
Street sweeper, Bethnal Green Rd, E2
Kendow the strongman, wasteland off Petticoat Lane, Spitalfields, E1
Speedy Shoe Repairs, junction of Club Row and Redchurch St, E2
Boys on bicycles, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, E2
Boys in Chisenhale Rd, Bow, E3
In Bunsen St, Bethnal Green, E2
Photographs copyright © Estate of Nigel Henderson