Not much is known about David Granick, who lived and worked in Stepney his whole life, until his death if 1980. As an amateur photographer and member of the East London History Society, Granick spent the best part of 20 years documenting the rapidly changing face of post-war East London.
Curated by local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown, the prints offer a rare and fascinating insight in to the streets and waterways of the East End between 1960 and 1980, before the dominance of big business sky scrapers and upmarket apartment buildings.
The exhibition is on show until May 5th at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive, and features a host of familiar landmarks and buildings in London’s East End in surroundings now long vanished. Locations include the Truman Brewery and Spitalfields, Bethanal Green and a Tower Bridge still black with the soot of war and heavy industry. This is a highly recommended insight for anyone with an interest in East London and its history. You may even see your house.
A 144 page book of Granick’s photographs is available from local publishers Hoxton Mini Press, who organised the exhibition.