Ridley Road Market (Book Dummy)

    This book has developed during a eight year engagement with this London street market in which I switched roles between photographer, market trader and oral historian. It weaves together photographs, archival materials, stories, newspaper cuttings and a series of postcards. As a whole, they reveal Ridley Road as a place of community and where histories — large and small — unfold. Ridley Road is described as a “hub of connection, interconnections and social interaction” by sociologist Sophie Watson. Unlike the areas around it, Ridley Road still upholds degrees of autonomy in public space.
    However, there are plans for redevelopment of the immediate area — the local and social fabric of the market is under threat.
    The book dummy was printed in July 2018. It is 205x270 mm in size and has 296 pages. The book does not present a linear narrative. Instead, “Ridley Road Market” remains fragmented reflecting my experiences of the market. A crucial element of this long-term engagement is to return the book to the market — to be given to a number of people who contributed and to be sold on a Ridley Road market stall.
Designed by Jörg Schwertfeger.

I am in the process of rasing funding for a proper print run of the book. If you’re interested in finding out more, I’d love to hear from you!

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