Create 2012: David Bailey's East End

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Create 2012: David Bailey's East End
© David Bailey
Images of the East End by the iconic photographer that document the changes that the area has undergone, from the Kray's era of the 1960s to pre-development Docklands in the 1980s to the recent redevelopment of Stratford in the build-up to London 2012. Part of Create 2012. Part of Create 2012. For more details on Create events visit www.createlondon.org .

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I went to (Daniel St.) school with the Kray twins and although I moved fron the East End in the early 50s (& was evacuuated to Sussex during WW2) I still have close family living in East Ham so I was interested when this exhibition was announced and determined to visit it. Although I was generally impressed with the exhibits and saw several familiar scenes from my past, there was one particular photo which upset and offended me. That was the one of the baby pigeon being shot by a "lady" using a handgun! Horrible. I would have preferred that it would have been left out of the display and another pic take its place (as I know there were several other photos not included).


I LOVED the exhibition and completely disagree with other comments made. It is rare to see such work in a building like the compressor house. I thought the selection was perfect and complimented so well by the fantastic building. It is not supposed to be a historical archive of what was where in the east end (you can see that in a museum), but an insight into one man's East End. I highly recommend this exhibition to any David Bailey fans.


We were so looking forward to to this exhibition. IT WAS RUBBISH. Content and presentation were weak. You were given sheets of paper to guide you through, which were useless. The pictures did not have numbers or titles on them which means that you try to decipher what they are by looking through the papers. Our suggestion for seeing London as it was is to buy 'LONDONERS THROUGH THE LENS' which happens to be a Time Out publication. Absolutely brilliant. This exhibition makes one feel that The Shrimp made Bailey not the other way around.