September 22, 2021
A new photography exhibition of young people in and around Bethnal Green taken in the 1970's by Philip Cunningham. Open Monday - Friday 10am-5.00pm.
Exhibition: Youth of Yesterday
Dates September 22, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Times 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location Oxford House Cafe
Youth of Yesterday is a brand-new exhibition featuring photographs taken of young people in Bethnal Green from the 1970s.
These photographs were taken by photographer Philip Cunningham. In the mid-1970s Philip was a youth worker at Oxford House while studying art at Ravensbourne College of Art. While a student, Philip became interested in photography and Oxford House had a fully equipped dark room and was home to Tower Hamlets Arts Group. Philip took hundreds of photographs of local people at a time when Bethnal Green was seeing great change. These photographs capture daily life, friendship, streets, and youth culture in the late 1970s. Most of these photographs haven’t been seen in over 40 years and many local people may even recognise themselves or their family members in the photographs.
This exhibition is free and there will be a display of these photographs in shops and locations along Bethnal Green Road to celebrate this photographic archive and the local area.