Surreal multiple exposed photographs of street corners in London’s East End look like oil paintings

Stoke Newington Road, Belgrade Road – 10:31am–10:44am, 28th June 2010

These ultra-sharp street photographs of corners in East London are composed of multiple exposures, a technique that enables Chris Dorley-Brown to play out different narratives simultaneously, creating surreal, dream-like scenes.

Akin to film stills, or perhaps even oil paintings, these images show the street corner as a location in flux, a place of intersection and momentary interactions, and a metaphor for the ever-changing face of East London. An Orthodox Jewish family and a woman pushing a pram appear on the street corner of a half-demolished building, passing one another when, in reality, they were never there at the same time.

Chris Dorley-Brown is a British photographer and curator who has lived and worked in East London for over 30 years, documenting many aspects of the area. This series, The Corners, is now available in a new book of the same name, his fourth to be published so far.

The Corners by Chris Dorley Brown is published by Hoxton Mini Press. Grab yourself a copy today.

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