Photomonth East London is an international photography festival. Radical London is a major theme flowing through Photomonth 2012 with talks at Bishopsgate Institute and exhibitions in Shoreditch and Spitalfields. There are also more than 150 exhibitions in galleries and venues that demonstrate the depth and diversity of contemporary photography. Major events include the Photofair in Spitalfields Traders Market, the Photo-Open at the Rich Mix, Photomonth Lecture at the Whitechapel Gallery, among others.
Pages of Hackney Bookshop will be featuring E5 an exhibition about Chatsworth Rd and its back streets from Brazilian photographer Guilherme Zauith. E5 is a postcode district within the Borough of Hackney, East London where there used to be a big street market on Chatsworth Rd. During the 1970s recession it started to shrink, with the last four stalls closing down in the mid 1990s. In the late 1990s young artists and students began to move to the area, triggering re-generation. There are now coffee shops, a delicatessen, bars and other new businesses. In 2011 a Traders and Residents Association was formed to give a voice to the local community.
The seven months project shows the changes and cultural mixes of this area. The style of the pictures highlights portraits and candid moments with strong colors.
Guilherme Zauith is a photojournalist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has lived for two years in London where he accomplished an MA in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
During this time, Guilherme lived and worked in East London where he felt a great energy with cultural changes yet in a provincial way. In his words: “London is in a constant transformation facing the future, business and tourism. However in Clapton I could feel a sense of community and relaxed atmosphere”.
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