More New Cross Faces from 1860s to 1900s

As mentioned before, I periodically look on Ebay and similar sites for interesting local photos (the ones here are all currently on sale, click links for futher details). I am particularly fascinated by the products of photographers' studios, of which there were a number on the New Cross Road in the Victorian/Edwardian era.The first photo ...

What are you taking pictures of? – Lewisham ’77 photo exhibitin

As mentioned here before, there's a whole series of events led by Goldsmiths coming up in next couple of weeks to mark the 40th anniversary of the 'Battle of Lewisham'  when, on 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre, leading to violent clashes with counter demonstrators and ...

Stan Firm inna Inglan at Tate Britian

 Tate Britain gallery is currently displaying 'Stan Firm inna Inglan: Black Diaspora in London, 1960s-1970s', featuring images by 'eight photographers who documented Black communities in London: Raphael Albert, Bandele 'Tex' Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelot and Al Vanedenberg'.There are a number of outstanding South London images to be seen, ...

Viictorian New Cross Studio Photographs

Some more vintage studio photos from the New Cross area.Frustratingly there is no detail about the subjects, but they tell us plenty about London hair and clothes styles in late Victorian London.The first  few were taken at R.F. Barnes's studio, Mortham House, Lewisham High Road, New Cross. According to Photo London, the full address was ...

Eddie Mulholland – 1980s South London Photos

Some great 1980s London photographs at the Telegraph today, by their photographer Eddie Mulholland from his time at the South London Press back in the day.There's David Bowie on a visit to Brixton (presumably his childhood home in Stansfield Road)...The last days of Peek Freans biscuit factory in Bermondsey (it closed in 1989)...And this one ...

A Love Letter to Deptford

Some good Deptford photos by Luke Overin at Vice, his 'Love letter to Deptford':'When I was at art school, a tutor gave me a book titled Songs from the Shandy Valley – a collection of poems and illustrations paying homage to the characters that populated Deptford Market and Broadway in the early 1990s. The book ...

Frederick Wiedhofft – New Cross Photographer

I recently stumbled across a fine photograph Graeme Brooker posted on twitter with the caption '1920. New Cross. George & Nelly Rumble. My great-great aunt & uncle'. The photo was in a frame bearing the name 'F.Wiedhofft, 338 New Cross Road', and a quick search across family history and photography sites will locate many pictures attributed ...

Deptford Dummies

We are standing hereExposing ourselvesWe are showroom dummiesWe are showroom dummiesWe're being watchedAnd we feel our pulseWe are showroom dummiesWe are showroom dummiesWe look aroundAnd change our poseWe are showroom dummiesWe are showroom dummiesWe start to moveAnd we break the glassWe are showroom dummiesWe are showroom dummiesWe step outAnd take a walk through the cityWe ...

John Goto – Lovers Rock: Lewisham portraits from 1977

In 1977, John Goto was teaching evening classes at Lewisham Youth Centre. He took a series of portrait photographs of people dressed up ready for the dance hall at the Centre which 36 years later have seen the light of a day in a remarkable book - Lover's Rock.1977 was a heavy year in a ...

‘Jack Rags’: a homeless man in Lewisham 1917

'Frederick Mark Burton, the renowned "out-door" resident of Lewisham, commonly known as 'Jack Rags' died January 30th 1917, aged 64 years'. Don't know any more about this character, but the photograph of seems to have been issued as a postcard which pops up from time to time on ebay. 'W F Lucas' was presumably the ...