A small collection of previously unseen Spitalfields photographs are to go on show at Eleven Spitalfields today (until April 27). The unique shots help to convey what daily life was like for locals over a century ago and the sketchy details over the man who took them makes the story an even more intriguing one.
Charles Arthur Matthew was a self-employed disabled photographer, a fairly unremarkable Londoner, but one with a curious eye and a talent for capturing scenes of daily life with remarkable elegance. With Matthew dying young and turning to photography late in life, there are sadly only a few pieces of his work available to view today, but these Spitalfields images are amongst his best.
Rediscovered in Bishopsgate Institute Library and restored thanks to photographer Jeremy Freedman, the work of C A Matthews will finally be on show to the public. Hari Sethi
For more info on the exhibition, visit elevenspitalfields.com.