Stephen Gill’s “Hackney Flowers”

This isn’t a proper review, but I’m pretty entranced by Stephen Gill’s collaged creations of East London & the Hackney Wick neighborhood in his new book, “Hackney Flowers“.

It’s rare to see photographs that feel this new, especially when they have one foot on the street, as Gill’s do. Most of the book is dedicated to photographs on which Gill has arranged collages of flowers & seeds from the Hackney area. These rephotographed scenes are interspersed with smaller, street portraits of Hackney residents that are taken with a lo-fi camera.

The book’s available in an edition of 3500, or in a smaller, more exclusive edition with a C-print. Gill’s site is pretty extensive. Check out the conceptual “back of the billboard” series here.

Both photos by Stephen Gill, from Hackney Flowers (detail)


3 thoughts on “Stephen Gill’s “Hackney Flowers””

  1. Did you know these areas (Hackney Wick etc) and are the sites of planned redevelopment in time for our grand Olympic folly? Not that they don’t need some investment, but maybe not the way they have it planned. .

    Incidentally, I’m in NY for couple of weeks and visited the Leica gallery yesterday to see the Richard Kalvar show. They’re quoting your interview with RK from this blog on the invite etc. . but you probably knew that?

  2. MDM

    man, the whole gill thing… what can i say. if i’m honest, nothing he had done previous to ‘hackney flowers’ moved me in the slightest – but here’s the interesting thing – nothing, apart from a fashion spread in the NY Times magazine in which he used the flower overlay technique…

    so yeah – hackney flowers – something refreshing, and a change from the large format lanscape/portrait craze that seems to be sweeping the world of fine art photography in tidal wave of ‘sothness’. or should that be ‘wannabe sothness’?

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