I. Renson, Michael Silve: A Second Look: a photographic record of a walk through Hackney in the 1890’s and today (1975)


Centerprise Trust, Hackney. Paperback. A powerful visual contrast, in 106 paired photos, of the 1890s and 1970s, with some great cars in the latter. The excellent Mr Renson’s major omission is that he doesn’t note how, even by 1975, motor vehicles had devastated street life. Perhaps Rebuilding A Greener Hackney will remedy this, and perhaps then someone will publish an update. I would, since I know the route very well, but I’m shortly leaving Hackney for the third and last time, so maybe someone will find some money to commission the photographer in 1975, Michael Silve, who is now a wedding photographer further up the Lea and a photography tour guide. The route includes Mare Street (Town Hall, Hackney Empire, North London Railway), Narrow Way (St. Augustine’s), Sutton Place, Homerton Row, Isabella Road, Homerton High Street, Urswick Road, Lower Clapton Road, Clapton Square, Clarence Place, Clapton Passage, Powerscroft Road, Clapton Pond, Lea Bridge Road, Kenninghall Road, Gunton Road, Northwold Road, Mount Pleasant Lane, Warwick Grove, Moresby Road, Upper Clapton Road, Oldhill Street, St. Thomas’s, Spring Hill, Spring Lane, the Lea Ferry (Robin Hood, Beehive, Anchor & Hope), Mount Pleasant Hill. Here’s an album of low-quality shots of all the photos and route maps.. Condition: Used – Very Good. Unmarked & in very good condition, though there’s a small scuff at bottom end of the spine & a crease on one page corner. ISBN: 090373818x/9780903738187. Box MC13

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