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The East Dulwich Connection – A photobook that uncovers the stories behind an area of south-east London where local businesses have forged a defiantly independent and individualistic environment

Following on from the success of the Peckham Connection, over 2017, local author-photographers Anna Green and Alice Malik have been taking photographs and listening to the stories of 51 enterprising and independent East Dulwich businesses. In a chain linked together by the traders themselves, they were referred from one business to another. The rule was, they only went where they were sent.

The result is a beautiful photo-book illustrating a fascinating series of vignettes that provides insights into the area’s recent evolution and what is yet to come. Once again, they were sent to a host of connected businesses including bars and coffee shops, gift- and home-ware shops, fashion outlets, mechanics, crafts-people, artists and builder’s merchants. The traders were spread across East Dulwich: on the very prominent Lordship Lane, and its offshoots, as well as to other satellite commercial areas including Grove Vale and Forest Hill Road and also the more tucked-away arches and home-based workspaces, including garden sheds, dotted about SE22.

 

Encouraging local enterprise themselves, they have collaborated with a young local designer, Ezra-LLoyd Jackson who has transformed their project into a stunning representation of all that makes East Dulwich unique. Once again, the cover features colourful artwork by Janette Parris.

The book is on sale exclusively at Chener Books.

Author-photographers Anna Green and Alice Malik are local photographers, and have lived in the area for over 20 years. They have drawn on their backgrounds in anthropology and architecture to paint this portrait of an economic community.

Contact Anna Green and Alice Malik at info@intherightlight.co.uk or call Alice on 07973 772543 and Anna on 07730 939947.

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