Peter Samuels, a friend of Henderson’s children and frequent subject of his photography, is shown here engaging in what appears, from Henderson’s photographs, to have been a popular activity for children in the East End in the post-war years – lamp post climbing. 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.
Peter Samuels climbing a lamp post
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.