Hackney, though crime-ridden, poor and dilapidated, is also now London’s trendiest neighbourhood, and home to the forthcoming 2012 Olympics. Down the road from the shootings, contemporary design studios and modernist apartment blocks pepper the landscape, like out-of-place totems of middle-class gentrification. Zed Nelson has lived in Hackney all his life. In his twenties Hackney represented a place to get away from. But today, Nelson has fallen back in love with the area. This series, a work in progress, meditates on the confusion of cultures, clash of identities and the beauty and ugliness that co-exist in the borough today.
This first UK showing of Hackney – A Tale of Two Cities, from award winning photographer Zed Nelson, is presented by Bristol Festival of Photography in conjunction with Vignette, INSTITUTE, Photographique and the RGB Awards.