Well Street E9 Photo Project

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‘The Well Street E9 Photographic Project' was a pilot project, which began in September 2012 at Berger Primary School. I have been facilitating a photography after school club at the school since 2009, but decided I wanted to create a project which would enable children to learn about photography and develop photographic skills, as well as learning about their local community and the people in it.

Well Street is located in Hackney E9, in the east-end of London, a street very close by to the school with a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The street used to have a market, which started in the 1850s, and it is in this market that the founder of Tesco supermarket, Jack Cohen opened his first stall. Sadly, the market has ceased, but the street has many interesting and diverse shops and traders who have long established businesses, alongside new shops gradually opening up and bringing much needed change and economic growth to the area.

The children involved in the project, aged between 9-11 years old, have been specifically learning how to produce photographic portraits of people who either work, trade or own businesses on Well Street. It is one of the first school/commerce partnerships in Hackney, and is supported by Councillor Ian Rathbone, who is the Secretary of WESTRA (Well Street Traders & Residents Association). Cllr Rathbone has been working collaboratively with me on the project since it began and has been the link between the school and traders participating on the project.

The main aims of the project are:

* To provide children with the opportunity to learn basic digital photographic skills.
* To learn about the art of portraiture and photography through practical work, discussions & visits to local exhibitions.
* To provide children with the experience of photographing people in their local community.
* To learn something about the history of their local area and environment.
* To nurture and encourage the development of ideas and creativity.
* To have lots of fun with photography!

The project has had 2 public exhibitions to date. In June 2013, at the historic Sutton House (the oldest house in Hackney) and again, in June 2014 at Hackney Central Library, both of which were opened by Meg Hillier, local MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch.

I have also created a website all about this project and you can find a direct link to this and also the project facebook page on the 'links' page or alternatively you can copy and paste the website address below...


A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making this project a huge success!