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Paul Trevor Eastender Archive - London Metropolitan University Collection

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November 27, 2007

size: 5.142GB
co-authors: Mick Williamson, Jenny Harding, Susan Andrews

All images by Paul Trevor

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This is collaborative, interdisciplinary work with colleagues Jenny Harding, Mick Williamson and Susan Andrews as a team of editors of a digital archive of 220 images by photographer Paul Trevor representing the lives of local East End communities in their distinctive social, economic and political contexts, during a period of rapid social and physical change from the 1970's to 1990's.

Our concerns have been with the aesthetic, historical, and social dimensions of creating a photographic archive, the construction of a photographic archive as a relevant resource for public history and/or academic inquiry, and how aesthetic and social/political discourses work together to achieve this end.

Like other outputs, this editorial work was concerned with visual culture and place as co-constitutive. The digital database has sought to present the East End as urban palimpsest, inscribed through deep time and global space. As the images present a place of changing and multi-ethnic communities, the database of images represents our editorial work to decipher this urban morphology and create a comprehensible archive. Making the archive has been performative, constituting as much as documenting the East End.

Some images from this collection were exhibited at East End Street: Then and Now, an exhibition as part of photomonth, East End’s photography festival at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London, October 1 - November 30, 2007.

Read about the Paul Trevor Eastender Archive project in Activate:

Activate 3

related outcome:
Mick Williamson: Paul Trevor Eastender Archive - London Metropolitan University Collection

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