14/02/2012

EAST - a Retrospective Exploring London’s East End

Westfield Stratford City and Getty Images Gallery. [LON] U.K. 10th February – 18th March 2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Art, Exhibitions, Photography
We are in the ARCO week as we did yesterday with the articles "Ñew York" and "Spanish Creators in New York" These days will focus on everything related to art. Now, we present the exhibition "EAST - a Retrospective Exploring London’s East End" presented by the Westfield Stratford City and the Getty Images Gallery in London, which will remain open until March 18.

An exceptional collection of imagery which captures the spirit of East London, collated from the archival collections of Getty Images, will be exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery at Westfield Stratford City from 10th February until 18th March 2012.

The pop-up gallery on The Street will be devoted to Getty Images’ archival collections of the East End and its residents; the cosmopolitan atmosphere and communities and incredible portraits of locals’ resilience during the Blitz in 1940.

Each piece entices the viewer into the picture, allowing them to appreciate the beauty and history of East Londoners going about their daily life. The exceptional photography of subjects in unconventional or candid settings and brilliant use of black and white photography, keep the audience captivated in every aspect of the shot.

Key works on display, which are also available for purchase, include images from the legendary Picture Post magazine; The Pool of London; Whitechapel’s Jews and Cockneys’ Own Party. An exceptional piece includes a 1912 image of barefoot children waiting in Salmon’s Lane for a free meal, which Getty Images’ Hulton Archive printed from the original glass plate, despite it being damaged, to give a fascinating illustration of East London exactly 100 years ago.

Myf Ryan, General Manager, Marketing UK said: “Inspiring art and design have formed the backbone of Westfield Stratford City. From the unique pillarless architecture of the mall, to the bespoke concierge uniforms designed by up and coming Shoreditch designer, Julian J Smith, the place of art and fashion are celebrated in equal measure. We are honoured to host an exhibition that celebrates East London’s past at a time when we are looking to its future and legacy.”

The images were collated from the archival collections in online imagery, print files and contact sheets.

“The EAST exhibition is a selection of some of our most iconic and esteemed images showcasing life in East London over the past 100 years,” commented Getty Images Gallery Director, Louise Garczewska. “We are incredibly excited to be able to offer the East London community the chance to see some of these rare and incredible shots, hand selected from our archive of over 80 million images.”

Artwork will be available to order throughout the duration of the exhibition to bespoke frames and sizes. Prices start from £65.00

Gallery opening: Mon-Sat: 10.00-21.00
Sat: 09.00-21.00
Sun: 12:00-18:00
Admission FREE
Getty Images Gallery, Unit 1119, The Getty Gallery, The Street, Westfield Stratford City

 

"Plunging Policemen". Three fully-clothed members of the Port of London Authority Police jump into the West India Docks during the annual test of their life jackets. (Photo by R Wesley/Getty Images).
"Street Hurdles". 8th May 1936: East London Schools Hurdles champion Grace Adams racing on the Poplar street track in preparation for the annual contest. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
"Back Garden Cabaret". Two young ballet dancers, Violet Hutchinson aged 8, and Betty Putt aged 7, rehearsing in a back garden in Poplar, east London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images).
"Street Cleaning". Residents at Morpeth Street, in London's East End, cleaning their street for a party to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Original Publication: Picture Post - 6542 - Cockneys' Own Party - pub. 1953 (Photo by John Chillingworth/Getty Images).

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