Young Hackney photographers use shopkeepers as muses for Sutton House exhibition

MP Meg Hillier with the pupils at the launch of their photography exhibition in Sutton House

MP Meg Hillier with the pupils at the launch of their photography exhibition in Sutton House - Credit: Archant

Pupils from Berger Primary School’s after-school photography club linked up with the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) who put them in contact with businesses for the project.

Budding young photographers have taken shop keepers as muses, to create a photography exhibition which is on show in Hackney’s oldest home.

The children under the guidance of club leader Nefise Hussein took portrait pictures of shop owners based in Well Street, which dates back 150 years, and they are now on display in an exhibition until June 30 at Sutton House in Homerton High Street.

WESTRA Secretary Ian Rathbone said: “It’s been really exciting to see the excellent quality of work produced by the pupils and I know that the shopkeepers and their staff have enjoyed the children visiting and taking photos.”

He hopes the photos will help people to see the street as an attractive place to come and shop.

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Karen Coulthard, headteacher of the school in Anderson Road, South Hackney, added: “Developing children’s interest and awareness of photography is something we need to spend more time in school pursuing as this is a medium they respond to with such enthusiasm.

“The photographs the children have produced as part of this work are truly amazing.”

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