Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 saw street parties across Britain. The rationing of confectionary had only just recently been ended, and plenty were laid on at these parties, along with fancy dress competitions, games and processions. This print is taken from Henderson’s original negative, reproduced here for the first time in print format. It features minor imperfections in keeping with vintage photography, and a small additional credit line on the image.
Street party to celebrate Queen's Coronation, Chisenhale Raid, Bow E3
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Nigel Henderson (1917 – 1985) was a British photographer and artist. In his early career he worked in avant-garde collages and paintings, exhibiting at the Guggenheim Jeun alongside Pablo Picasso. After serving as a pilot during the Second World War, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he formed a life-long friendship with Eduardo Paolozzi. Henderson took these photographs of the East End whilst recovering from the trauma of the war, and they capture a vibrant portrait of 1950s East London and its post-war community.