The magazine of the photo-essay
November 2018 back issue
The Isle of Dogs before the big money
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by Mike Seaborne
Now home to financial heavyweights and epic skyscapers, the Isle of Dogs was once the beating heart of industrial East London. In the early ’80s Mike Seaborne began documenting the area’s social fabric, taking his camera around the streets and inside remaining working factories and businesses. These photographs, taken between 1982 and 1987, show the island on the cusp of huge development. We see first sightings of the Docklands Light Railway construction from Tower Gateway to Island Gardens, workers in (now demolished) factories on their tea breaks, children paddling in the Thames. Seaborne captured the spirit of a close-knit community, one that soon changed forever when the big money moved in.
The Isle of Dogs will launch at Cafe Vert, George Green’s School, E14 3DW on Thursday 18 October. An exhibition of the work will be on display there from 18-26 October. Hoxton Mini Press
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