Nigel Henderson’s Streets

Photographs of London’s East End 1949-53



ISBN: 9781849764995 Category:

Andrew Wilson


Nigel Henderson (1917-1985) was a British artist and photographer whose work has been compared to that of Cartier-Bresson and Brassau00ef. The son of Wyn Henderson, who managed the famous Guggenheim Jeune gallery, he became acquainted with leading figures in modern art, including Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp. While living in Bethnal Green, east London, he created an extraordinary archive of photography documenting life in the area between 1949 and 1953. This beautiful book showcases 150 of these newly digitized photographs, which capture the heart of working-class London life. From children playing hopscotch to a funeral cortu00e8ge to street parties celebrating the 1953 coronation, Henderson’s unique view of the streets evokes the wit, resilience, and character of the local people as it documents a fast-disappearing way of life.

Additional information

Weight 1134 g
Dimensions 29.2 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 6 July 2017
Number of pages 120
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Clive Coward
Dimensions 29.2 x 29.2 cm
Weight 1134 g


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Clive Coward is head of Tate's picture library, Tate Images.

Andrew Wilson is curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art and Archives at Tate.