“When I first walked Ridley Road with my camera I was living just a few minutes from the market. I kept returning to it for eight years. This book, of narratives recorded in the market, of materials I collected and those donated to me alongside my own photographs, attempts to piece together what it is that makes this place unique.”
Ridley Road Market has been serving the diverse communities of Dalston in East London since the 1880s. Sociologist Sophie Watson describes the market as a “hub of connection, interconnections and social interaction”. This book developed during an eight-year engagement with Ridley Road in which Tamara Stoll switched roles between photographer, market trader and oral historian. Weaving together photographs, archival materials, personal narratives, newspaper cuttings and a series of postcards, this book comprises an exploration of the street’s social and material fabric and a collective writing of the many histories that have unfolded on this street. The multitude of voices within these pages address threats such as gentrification but also unite in appreciation of Ridley Road as a precious cultural and social space.
Tamara Stoll was born in Germany and lives in London. She divides her time between art projects, photography and archiving commissions and facilitating workshops. Working collectively and collaboratively is as important to her as documenting public space in the city of today. Tamara is interested in the street as social space and the individuals and communities shaping it. Her practice links documentary photography with social exchanges and dialogue. Micro histories and personal narratives form the core of her investigations weaving photography with archival material and text. These activities feed into interventions, workshops, events, exhibitions and publishing.
248 pages, 27 × 20.5 cm, Hardcover