Bishopsgate Institute hosts Phil Maxwell exhibition
Mercadito Productions presents
Forty Years On - A Retrospective
30th September - 30th November 2011
At Bishopsgate Institute
The Institute is happy to be hosting part of this exhibition, celebrating 40 years of Phil Maxwell’s photographic work and its archiving for public use by Bishopsgate Institute. Taking the viewer on a journey through his youth in Liverpool to his later life in the East End of London, the exhibition is housed in two venues - the Bishopsgate Institute and Rough Trade. The public can walk between the two buildings and experience the vibrancy of the East End first hand.
This is the East End seen through Phil Maxwell’s lens - his backdrop and canvas against which he’s captured sketches of life, documenting an instant in time and the social conditions and history of his community.
“Bishopsgate Institute is absolutely delighted to be hosting the retrospective of Phil Maxwell’s photographs and to be working on the project to archive and make available Phil’s wonderful archive. His work is a incomparable and seminal resource for understanding the culture and life of the East End of London in the late 20th and early 21st Century.” Stefan Dickers – Library and Archives Manager, Bishopsgate Institute
“The area where I live is a kind of microcosm of the world - not only because of the different ethnic groups or the many languages spoken here. You’ve also got the rich and the poor very close together; you’ve got the dynamic between the City and what is the poorest part of the UK. I find this really fascinating. It’s a market which brings together the different and I’ve got this passion for photographing the people: what they are wearing, the way they walk and the way they interact with the environment says a lot about them. It’s like a theatre that resonates the cultures of the planet and I think this makes it even more interesting. “ Phil Maxwell