| 2013 | Exhibition

Archive: Imagining The East End

Archive: Imagining The East End will run at Hoxton Hall from 14th to 30th November. The exhibition will open with a Private View on Wednesday 13th November, where artists and writers involved in the project will give talks in the Music Hall.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the forthcoming book Archive: Imagining the East End, by Susan Andrews and Nick Haeffner, edited by Zelda Cheatle and published by Black Dog. The book features photographs by Tom Hunter, Don McCullin, Joy Gregory, Steven Berkoff, Jo Spence, Mick Williamson, Susan Andrews, Brian Griffin, David George, Spencer Rowell, John Claridge, Ian Farrant, the London Building Exploratory, Nick Haeffner, Rod Morris and Heather McDonough. The book also contains an interview with Tom Hunter and an essay by artist and writer David Howells. Some of the research for the book was carried out at the Hoxton Hall archive.

The Cass East End Archive is an online digital photographic resource focusing on the geographical and imagined East End of London. The book Archive: Imagining the East End contains images from the archive alongside critical essays which look at the role of the imagination in picturing the East End and which provide introductions to the work of each photographer.

For more information about the Archive please contact Susan Andrews at


 | 2013 | Exhibition

Panorama East

Building Exploratory

An exhibition exploring 6 kilometres of East London.

Introducing a unique panorama of 600 buildings from Aldgate to Bow enriched by Susan Andrew’s images of life along the street.

This exhibition, at CASS school of Art’s Commercial Road Gallery, will introduce the Building Exploratory’s photographic panorama of 600 buildings along both sides of Whitechapel High Street, Mile End Road and Bow Road. The exhibition will feature high quality photographs of the panorama’s main terraces, significant buildings and public spaces. The high street is brought to life in the work of CASS Senior Lecturer Sue Andrews. Sue’s photographs of the High Street route from her car as she travelled to work provide an insight into the great diversity of people and buildings occupying this public space.

Further exhibition: Panorama High Street East

The Panorama can be viewed in full at:



 | 2012 | Exhibition

East End Photographs by Steven Berkoff

The Cass Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition of East End Photographs by Steven Berkoff to coincide with the launch of The East End Archive at the Cass and the publication of the book East End Photographs by Steven Berkoff published by Dewi Lewis.

1st - 29th November 2012
Cass Gallery, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street , London E1 7PF (Aldgate East Tube)

PV 1st November 6pm – 8pm
Book Signing 12th November 5.30-7.30
Opening Times. Wednesday – Friday 11am-7pm / Saturday 11am – 5pm

Born in Stepney, director, actor and playwright Steven Berkoff was given his first camera by “an enlightened cousin” as an 11 year old boy. Ten years later his brother-in-law bought him an enlarger and showed him how to print his own pictures.

“Then one day somebody sold me a second-hand Rolleiflex and now I had an amazing machine. From then on I never stopped taking pictures. The camera became a way of communicating my feelings about sights and people. And I started to record the people who were part of my environment in the East End of London. The camera in many ways preceded the pen. The East End markets were always my playground and I liked nothing more than my weekly trip to Petticoat Lane. The East End was changing rapidly and I felt I had to record it before it vanished forever - at the time however I did not realise quite how fast it would disappear. The area was largely Jewish and this made it fascinating, since the early immigrants came with an amazing potpourri of cultures from a score of different peoples. For a while I lived in Anthony Street, off Commercial Road and just around the corner from the extraordinary Hessel Street, a bustling thoroughfare that could have been torn out of the Warsaw ghetto. It was a dense artery of Jewish life with chicken slaughterers, bagel sellers and delis selling that wonderful variety of Jewish food so adored by its passionate noshers. I’d go shopping with ma and be astounded by the clamour and the noise; the shouts of introduction from bagel sellers every few yards sitting with their huge sacks of Moorish circles of dough. I was fortunate enough to capture some images of that life before it faded away along with the people who made it so memorable.”

“Berkoff has left us with a unique historic portrait of the East End area from the 60’s and 70’s. Images of the people, the shops and streets that we would have encountered daily, of a changing East End, that would not have been recorded so gently without Berkoff’s insightful eye”. Susan Andrews

Exhibition runs during Photo Month
Please call Lucy Bell on 01424 434828 or 07979 407629 for more information or images.



 | 2012 | Exhibition

Up and down 

Whitechapel High Street - 

photographs from the car

Susan Andrews photographed street activity along Whitechapel Road out of her car window. In 1964 Donald Appleyard in The View from the Road said “The modern car interposes a filter between the driver and the world he is moving through. Sounds, smells, sensations of touch, and weather are all diluted in comparison with what the pedestrian experiences.’ In Susan Andrews’ photographs, there is nothing about her car, driving, or diluted experience - this is simply a novel viewpoint, taking advantage of slow rush-hour traffic. She exploits this view from the road to reveal Whitechapel Road as a busy pedestrian realm, a place of constant, enriching interaction.

The photographs from the car look head-on at the building faces and side-on to pedestrian activity, a view you don’t get from the pavement. But in the car ‘subjects are quietly observed from a distance' says Andrews; you don’t meet the eye of passers by. These photos are entirely different from the in-your-face street photography of Klein and Winogrand; Andrews respects the distance, while exposing intimacies, glimpsing the personal. These pictures are full of positive energy derived from the differences of people and purpose, constant encounters between friends and strangers on the street.

Jane Jacobs said: ‘the tolerance, the room for great differences among neighbours – differences that often go far deeper than differences in colour …. are possible and normal only when streets of great cities have built-in equipment allowing strangers to dwell in peace together on civilized but essentially dignified and reserved terms.’

These street photographs are entirely opposite to Meyerovitch's picture of a fallen man that no-one helps. They are more akin to Helen Levitt's 1940s photos and Andy Grundberg's comments on her, '...beautiful candid photography, done in a way that is non-aggressive, noninvasive and, one wants to say, non-macho.'

Because of Andrews’ unusual point of view, the building faces contextualise the meetings, conversations and passings by; people are seen in relation to library, surgery, housing; the marks, scuffs, signs and layers of change in the the building faces themselves part of the incident. These pictures are superb story pictures of moment–to-moment life. She says 'Sometimes there appears to be nothing of interest to photograph, whilst at other times I drive past something remarkable, unable to record it'. These photographs show ordinary life as full of interest, full of inconsequential coincidence. And these incidents also tell stories of physical flux – two photographs of the same spot show differences of use, street furniture graffiti with no clue as to which came first, which second. These pictures bring out the meaning of the Whitechapel Road as public space.

Roger Estop

Exhibited at Cass Gallery, Whitechapel


 | 2011 | Symposium & Exhibition

Shadows Of Doubt

As part of the Photomonth Festival of Photography: A symposium and photography exhibition at London Metropolitan University investigating the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock’s childhood in the East End of London and his celebrated films.

The symposium, ‘Shadows of Doubt’, bringing together experts from the worlds of film, photography, theatre, architecture and psychoanalysis.

Speakers include the director Simon Usher, celebrated for his work at the RSC and presently working at The Globe; Dr Chris Oakley, leading psychoanalyst and author, with an interest in popular culture; Dr Nicholas Haeffner a Senior Lecturer at The Cass and author of the book ‘Alfred Hitchcock’, and Steven Jacobs author of ‘The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock’.


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