The Isle of Dogs

The Isle of Dogs: Before The Big Money

The Isle of Dogs: Before The Big Money is a rare documentation of London’s docklands just before Canary Wharf’s development transformed them forever.

Mike Seaborne’s book, published by Hoxton Mini Press, is the second in the Vintage Britian series.

Published on October 11, the book will launch at Cafe Vert, George Green’s School, E14 3DW, on Thursday, October 18.

An exhibition of the work will be on display until October 26.

The Isle of Dogs

Now home to financial heavyweights and epic skyscrapers, the Isle of Dogs was once the heart of industrial East London.

In the early 1980s Mike Seaborne began documenting the area’s social fabric, taking his camera around the streets and inside remaining factories and businesses.

These photographs, taken between 1982 and 1987, show the island on the cusp of huge development.

We see first sightings of the Docklands Light Railway construction from Tower Gateway to Island Gardens, workers in now demolished factories on their tea breaks and children paddling in the Thames.

Seaborne captured the spirit of a close-knit community, one that soon changed forever when the big money moved in.

The Isle of Dogs
The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money by Mike Seaborne is published by Hoxton Mini Press on October 11

Mike Seaborne

Seaborne has been photographing London since 1979.

He was senior curator of photographs at the Museum of London until 2011 and now focuses on personal photographic projects.

Hoxton Mini Press is a small but award-winning independent publisher making beautiful, collectable photography books about London and beyond.

For more information and to order a copy click here.

Main image from the Isle of Dogs series © Mike Seaborne.

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