'Brick Lane Bookshop' - Shoppers and pedestrians outside the Brick Lane Bookshop at 166 Brick Lane

28 Jan 2023
Brick Lane Bookshop, 166 Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, Greater London Authority
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Picturing High Streets was a three-year project delivered by Photoworks to create a contemporary picture of England’s high streets through artist residencies and a public call out. It was part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme, and produced in partnership with GRAIN Projects, Impressions Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, London College of Communications, Photofusion, QUAD/FORMAT, Redeye, ReFramed and The Photographers’ Gallery.

From September 2022 to September 2023, people across England responded to themed fortnightly challenges and submitted their photographs on Instagram under the hashtag #PicturingHighStreets. All entries created an unofficial archive documenting a year in the life of the English high street on Instagram, and a selection form this permanent collection in the Historic England Archive.

The photographs in this set were selected to represent the theme ‘High Street Tales’. The brief for this theme was: ‘Delve into urban legends, folk heroes and tall tales. There’s a story on every corner of the high street. Tell us yours.'


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/128/02/14 Picturing High Streets: Mass Participation Project - High Street Tales; within the Sub Series: HEC01/128/02 Picturing High Streets: Mass Participation Project; within the Series: HEC01/128 Picturing High Streets; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Goda Krastinaityte

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Photographer: Krastinaityte, Goda


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