East End Shopfronts, 1988…

“My photographs of the derelict shopfronts record the last moments of the Jewish community in the area – the bustling world of the inter-war years had been moved into the suburbs, and the community that stayed behind was less identifiable. In the nineteen eighties they were just hanging on, some premises had been empty for more than five years. Like a mouthful of broken teeth, a boxer’s mouth that had been thumped, with holes where teeth once were.”
- Alan Dein, Spitalfields Life

All pictures (c) Alan Dein

Thank you to Alan Dein, Spitalfields Life, and Lucy Inglis, Patrick Baty, and Nick Wright.