East End Shops
14cm x 20cm
Numbered edition of 100
Published with the help of Libby Hall and the Bishopsgate Institute.
Tony Hall (12.11.36 – 21.2.08) studied painting at the Royal College of Art. After getting his degree he earned his living as a portrait painter, but soon decided he didn’t want to continue doing one-off original paintings that only the affluent could afford. Instead he worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and political cartoonist. In the early 60s he moved from Ealing, where he had been brought up, to Hackney, where he spent the rest of his life. He loved the East End, and for a time during the 60s used to spend his days off from Fleet Street roaming around taking photographs (often making his way from pub to pub).
For a retrospective exhibition of his photographs at the Hackney Museum in 2011, I came up with the title ‘Through an Affectionate Lens’. I think that described well the way Tony saw the East End.
More of Tony’s photographs can be seen at www.spitalfieldslife.com
The ‘Tony Hall Collection’ of photographs is held at Bishopsgate Institute www.bishopsgate.org.uk.