Another Time, Another Place: Hackney in the 70s and 80s
A photography exhibit showcasing Hackney’s working class history has opened at Hackney Museum this week.
The display,’Another Time, Another Place: Hackney in the 70s and 80s’ is a selection of photographs taken by Neil Martinson. The photos show Hackney’s working lives, protests, children and young people, homelessness, Jewish life, street markets and street scenes.
Speaking about what motivated him to take pictures, Neil Martinson said: “A lot of the motivation was a sense that there’s a whole history of working class people that had never been talked about or recorded, that was important.”
Neil Martinson, whose work has appeared in the National Portrait Gallery, started taking pictures when he was a pupil at Hackney Downs School. Using a camera he bought after saving up money from his Saturday job at a shop in Stoke Newington.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see what Hackney was like at a time when it was undergoing significant political, cultural and economic upheaval. Thankfully Neil’s photos have captured the often untold stories of working class people to ensure these histories are secured for future generations. I would recommend all residents visit the display to find out more.
The photographs will be on display at the Museum until 13 July 2019. There will be two evening talks with the artist on 7 and 21 March between 6.30-7.45pm. To book your place please search for Hackney Museum on Eventbrite.
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