Ian Berry's 'This is Whitechapel' returns to its origins

A new edition of the exhibition first shown in 1972 revisits London's East End
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Local residents looking at photographs in 'This is Whitechapel' (1972), Whitechapel Gallery

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View of the lower Gallery during 'This is Whitechapel' (1972), Whitechapel Gallery, London

3 / 10 View of the lower Gallery during 'This is Whitechapel' (1972), Whitechapel Gallery, London

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Ian Berry, A woman in an apron, with a magnificent upswept hairdo, cuddles a white poodle in her

8 / 10 Ian Berry, A woman in an apron, with a magnificent upswept hairdo, cuddles a white poodle in her

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Ian Berry, Man with his daughter and kitten in London's East End (1972), Whitechapel, London

10 / 10 Ian Berry, Man with his daughter and kitten in London's East End (1972), Whitechapel, London


Ian Berry's extensive exhibition This is Whitechapel has returned to the Whitechapel Gallery (until 4 September) and revisits his 1972 project about London's East End which goes by the same name.

The Magnum photographer, renowned for his photographs of turbulent times in South Africa during the early 1960's and other conflict zones, was commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery in 1972 to capture the East End at a pivotal moment in its history, at a time of rapid social and economic change - much like that which the area is experiencing today.

Alongside Berry's photographs from his Whitechapel series, the exhibition includes artist letters, films and books made by residents of the area throughout the 1970s. Particularly interesting is the inclusion of visitors' comments and photographs of people looking around the original This is Whitechapel exhibition.


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