London Life photography exhibition at Hackney Museum
‘London Life’, a stunning photography exhibition featuring a selection of photographer Colin O’Brien’s is on display at the Council-run Hackney Museum.
The free exhibition captures the city and its people through the lens of Hackney photographer Colin O’Brien.
Colin O'Brien was born in Clerkenwell and he has lived in Hackney since 1984. He has been photographing London continuously since 1948, when his spellbinding pictures evoked the poetry and pathos of the threadbare years in the aftermath of the Second World War. His work is distinguished by its human sympathy and aesthetic flair and it stands up to comparison with any of the masters of twentieth century British photography.
Colin has devoted himself to taking photographs to create a social documentary of Hackney and its surrounding areas. He has created unforgettable images documenting a changing city through more than seven decades.
Colin O’Brien has created a photography library of a vasy number of negatives. He continues to take his photographs using film and processing in dark room.
Supporting local people to capture history and social change is exactly what a museum like Hackney Museum should do. His work spans sixty years and really highlights the changes in Hackney and how the borough has become one of the most diverse and colourful places in London.
Colin O’Brien said: “This gem of a museum consistently displays exhibitions and events that are of the very highest standard. I am excited by the prospect of showing my work at Hackney Museum and look forward to what I hope will be an exciting, engaging and stimulating exhibition.”
Hackney Museum will also be hosting a talk with the photographer on 10 July, 6.30 to 8pm, about his social documentation of London and Hackney, including a book signing.
Photographs by Colin O'Brien
24 June until September
Hackney Museum opening hours
Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Thurs: 9.30am – 8pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Closed: Sun, Mon, Public holidays
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In Conversation with Colin O’Brien
Thursday 10 July
6.30 – 8pm
An insightful talk with the photographer about his social documentation of London and Hackney, including a special book signing of Colin O’Brien’s books.