John Claridge, Sweet kiosk, Spitalfields 1967. "See my reflection in this picture. She was so proud. Afterwards, she and her friends came out to be photographed." (Text courtesy spitalfieldslife.com, which just put up another new post of John Claridge's East End work today.)
I received this comment this morning from Jan Davis for the 'John Claridge and William Gedney' post:
I am so pleased that your wonderful website has picked up on John's wonderful pictures of the East End. I was lucky enough to be his Producer for a number of years, and was in awe of his talent both in the Advertising Industry and in his personal work. He was never without a camera,and he inspired a generation of Photographers, and still does to this day, both in the U.K. and further afield.
His work on the East End is so important as a history that needs to be kept alive, not only for those of us who were born there, but to future generations. The people living there had many trials and tribulations to face but did so with humour and dignity, which shows so well in John's pictures.
As we all feel, now is the time for a book of all these powerful images, so that they will forever remain as a tribute to a generation gone by. John had a very special place in their hearts and they let him into what would have been a very private place.
So I just wanted to say that...I'll help. Especially if the book is a proper monograph with good reproductions. TOP has had good success helping to publicize selected photo books in the past*, and also in helping to publicize Kickstarter projects, including a couple of book projects.
Just so you know, John and Jan.
*Although I don't seem to have been doing a whole lot with photo books recently, have I? Hmm. I'll have to see about that.
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