MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING
Photographer Nick Hedges spent three years visiting areas of deprivation throughout the UK to create his seminal body of work for the housing charity Shelter. Launched in December 1966 (the same month Ken Loach’s influential TV drama ‘Cathy Come Home’ aired) Shelter put paid to the myth that only people living on the streets were homeless.
Hedges photographed slum housing in cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London, documenting the distressing conditions faced by more than 3 million people in the UK. At the time it was unusual for a documentary photographer to focus on domestic issues - war and international stories held sway.
After decades in archival boxes due to an embargo, I could made public Hedges’ stunning photographs in this London exhibition. It proved to address today’s issues, as a Channel 4 documentary spin-off made clear.
Media Space, Science Museum, London, UK
October 2014 - March 2015