A Ridley Road Market Stall


    Ridley Road market began in Dalston, East London in the 1880s and according to stall holder Larry Julian, has continuously changed 'in every decade’.  I searched archives for historical materials, finding very little, Mary Benedetta writes about the market in 'The Street Markets of London’ published in 1936. A series of early 20th century London street market postcards, found elsewhere, echoes her writing, however there were none of Ridley Road.
    In the summer of 2017 I made a set of 10 Ridley Road Postcards. The postcards were chosen from photographs taken and donated by traders, locals and customers. Some were found, others acquired online. The oldest photograph was taken in the early 20th century, the most recent 10 years ago.      
    I set up a market stall, swapping postcards for audio recordings and stories. I used archival images and historical photographs to trigger memories. The stall became a space where customers could consider the past, present and future of the market. Over the period of a month I collected some 150 stories, anecdotes and perspectives.
    Photographic prints I have been taking since 2011 on Ridley Road were part of the stall and are featured on my Ridley Road Postcards blog, which I keep as a future record of my engagement with the market.

Postcard design by Katharina Tewes.

I am in process of making a book, featuring the stories recorded on the market, alongside my photographs. Due to be published in 2018/19, it will include archival materials, newspaper cuttings and more. 

More about these postcards on the Ridley Road Postcards Online Blog

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