John Claridge - East End

Limited Editions Prints from John Claridge‘s book East End, available from £250 +£20 p&p.
310 gsm archival fine art rag paper in an edition of 5, numbered and embossed on the recto.
The verso stamped Edition Vouts, signed and authenticated.

John Claridge was  East London’s most prolific photographer during the sixties. .
Collecting together more than two hundred of his evocative images, EAST END, is a candid insider’s portrait of an entire society observed by a unique photographic talent. At the age of eight, John saw a plastic camera at a fair on Wanstead Flats and knew he had to have it. And thus, in that intuitive moment of recognition, his lifelong passion for photography was born. “Photography was a natural language, this was my life.” With admirable self-assurance, John left school at fifteen and informed West Ham Labour Exchange of his chosen career. They sent him up to the McCann-Erickson advertising agency in the West End where he immediately acquired employment in the photographic department. At seventeen years old, John took himself from Plaistow to Hampstead to knock on the door of Bill Brandt to present one of his prints. The legendary photographer  recognising his precocious talent and offered him encouragement. At the age of nineteen, John left the East End for good and at the same time opened his first studio near St Paul’s Cathedral. It was the precursor to a heroic career in photography which has seen John working at the top of his profession for decades, yet he still carries a deep affection for these eloquent haunting pictures that set him on his way. “My East End’s gone, it doesn’t exist anymore. These are pictures I could never do again, I don’t have that naivety and innocence anymore, but seeing them now is like looking at an old friend.”

His work is held in museums and private collections worldwide, including The Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art.
THE BOOK, EAST END (pub. by Spitalfields Life -£25) IS ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXHIBITION OF JOHN CLARIDGE’S PHOTOGRAPHS.
Opens 1st JUNE at The Stash Gallery  at VOUT-O- REENEE’S, The Crypt, 30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB