Louis Berk:

Between their return to England in the time of Oliver Cromwell and the Second World War, the East End was home to one of the largest urban Jewish communities in Europe. In 1700 this community numbered only a few hundred, but by the Second World War it had swelled to several hundred thousand. The arrival of this population coincided with the rapid expansion of the East End due to the industrialisation of the UK, and as such there are many buildings which are related to this community.

Illustrated with photography from his many journeys through the East End over the past 14 years, Louis’s talk will uncover the remaining traces of this community in the backstreets and spaces of Whitechapel, Spitalfields and Stepney Green.

Louis Berk is a photographer whose work has been exhibited and published in print and on the internet. His books include “Whitechapel in 50 Buildings”, “Secret Whitechapel” (both co-authored with Rachel Kolsky) and his most recent work: “East End Jewish Cemeteries: Brady Street and Alderney Road” – the result of an exclusive 5-year project, published by Amberley Books in 2017. He is currently working on his fourth book, which will be published by Mango Books in 2019.