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Terry Bloomfield, Fish Dealer & Photographer

September 8, 2017
by the gentle author

Terry Bloomfield was born in 1934 and grew up in Columbia Rd as the third generation of a family that worked at Billingsgate, where he ran his own shellfish business. Between 1982, when the market moved to the Isle of Dogs, and 2011, when Terry retired, he recorded the life of Billingsgate in thousands of black and white photographs which reveal a candid insider’s viewpoint of this extraordinary nocturnal phenomenon. You can visit an exhibition of these pictures at Standpoint Gallery in Hoxton from 23rd September – 1st October.

Photographs copyright © Terry Bloomfield

Terry Bloomfield’s exhibition runs from 23rd September – 1st October at the Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet St, Hoxton, N1 6HD

You may also like to read these other Billingsgate stories

The Last Fish Porters of Billingsgate Market

At the Fish Harvest Festival

Charlie Caisey, Fishmonger

Around Billingsgate Market

The Markets of Old London

Roy Reed at Billingsgate

6 Responses leave one →
  1. September 8, 2017

    great photographs

  2. September 8, 2017

    Fascinating photos! Valerie

  3. Jude permalink
    September 8, 2017

    Who knew a fish market could produce such atmospheric pics!

  4. Helen Breen permalink
    September 8, 2017

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, thanks for sharing these wonderful pics. These folks seem happy with their work.

    Just wondering what the huge, flat, polka dotted fish is called in the third frame? I also got a kick out of the boy with the “fish eyes.”

  5. Terry Bloomfield permalink
    April 25, 2018

    @ Helen Breen

    Hi Helen, that’s a sunfish!

    All the best, Terry.

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments.

  6. Terry Bloomfield permalink
    April 25, 2018

    Hi Helen!

    Thanks for all you wonderful comments.

    The fish in frame 3 is a sunfish!

    All the best,


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