Dispersal : Picturing urban change in east London, Paperback / softback Book

Dispersal : Picturing urban change in east London Paperback / softback

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Dispersal considers the period of change in Stratford, EastLondon prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.

It is both a visual record of a placethat has transformed beyond recognition and a commentary on the impact of thesechanges. Though often represented as a post-industrial`wasteland', this part of East London was a melting pot of over 200 trades andindustries.

Photographers Marion Davies and Debra Rapp documented 60 of thesesmall businesses - from belt-making, zinc- galavanising, kebab-making andsalmon smoking - before they were forced to move from the area in 2007. These unique photographs reveal theatmosphere and processes of the workplace alongside a short account of thepersonal histories of each business. While the photographs provide an impression of thesite at the cusp of change, they also suggest a landscape shaped over time.

Howthis landscape or urban `edgeland' developed and evolved from the mid-19thcentury is explored by urban planning and architectural historian Juliet Davis. A series of maps from 2007 to 2015 analysethe patterns of dispersal of these businesses. The three authors have charted the progress,successes and failures of these large and small firms, re-photographing aselection in 2015. They show how thismajor urban redevelopment project has had a permanent and dramatic impact onthe Lea Valley's industrial areas; and at the same time they have created alasting record of this previously diverse and often unappreciated workingenvironment.