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Publication: The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money / 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.

Mike Seaborne has been photographing London since 1979. He was Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London until 2011 and now focuses on personal photographic projects.

Hoxton Mini Press is a small but award-winning independent publisher making beautiful, collectable photography books about London and beyond.

The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money
By Mike Seaborne, with an introduction by Ken Worpole
Published 11 October 2018 by
Hoxton Mini Press, £17.95
Book 2 in the series ‘Vintage Britain’,
Hardback, 162mm x 202mm, 192pp
ISBN: 978-1-910566-39-8

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