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John Claridge’s distinctive photographic career begun as a teenager in London’s East End in the 1960’s and has since then propelled him to much acclaim as a prolific documenter of a by-gone era.

The Society Club is honoured to be exhibiting eleven limited edition prints of Claridge’s early photography alongside his book East End.

The evening will open with an introduction by The Gentle Author, who will touch on Claridge’s remarkable life and career and his cultural significance.

“ If you don’t have very much money, you make another way of looking at life. The East End had a new kind of beauty – a beautiful violence.”

“My East End’s gone, it doesn’t exist anymore,” he admitted to me frankly with unsentimental discernment. “These are pictures I could never do again, I don’t have that naivety and innocence anymore, but seeing them now is like looking at an old friend.”

Show runs from 27th September – 19th October