The following review appeared in edition 160 of Ripperologist magazine.
THE EAST END IN COLOUR, 1960-1980
Edited & introduced by Chris Dorley-BrownLondon: Hoxton Mini Press, 2018 www.hoxtonminipress.com www.modrex.com hardcover 128pp; illus ISBN:9781910566312 £16.95
When David Granick died in 1980 he bequeathed 2,000 Kodachrome colour slides to Tower Hamlets lending library. This large Victorian building in Bancroft Road had a small local history section in a single upstairs room and that’s where the slides went, to sit unseen and gather dust. Nowadays the whole building is devoted to local history. It’s called Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives and houses an amazing 35,000 illustrations of East End streets and people dating back to the 1800s, and David Granick’s collection was lost among them.
That’s when they were discovered by a cracking documentary photographer, Chris Dorley-Brown (check out his website).
Granick had taken his photographs mostly in the 1960s and 70s. I suppose they were put aside and attracted little interest, because when they were received by the library in 1980 they were a visual record of the East End as it still was. Indeed, it’s pretty much as I can recall it. But from the perspective of 2018, Granick’s photos are of an East End that’s very much changed. Fortunately, Granick, who took his photographs to illustrate occasional talks he gave to the East London History Society, had carefully noted what the photograph was of and when it was taken.
This is an important collection of photographs, all the more so for being in colour, and the indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press have done a nice job producing this book. It goes without saying that this is definitely one to add to your collection.
Review by Paul Begg.