BARBER, Ed and others. Camerawork: Lewisham: What are you taking pictures for?

(London): Publishing Project, Half Moon Photography Workshop, 1977. First edition. Folio. 16 pages. A special issue of Camerawork documenting The Battle of Lewisham. On August 13 1977, the National Front (NF) tried to march through the multi-racial working class area of Lewisham in South East London. It was a national mobilisation with local NF branches coming from all over Britain. However, a large anti-racist mobilisation turned out to oppose them in what was to become the biggest street battle since Cable Street in 1936. It was the first time that riot police had been deployed on mainland Britain. The police also tested new ‘crowd control’ methods and indiscriminately attacked the crowds of anti-racist demonstrators. However 10,000 people turned out to oppose the NF and they and the police soon found themselves on the wrong end of a hail of bricks, bottles and smoke bombs and the march was dispersed with under half of the route completed. This publication includes photographic images from the riot by Chris Steele-Perkins, Homer Sykes, Phil McGowen, Paul Trevor, Peter Marlow and others as well as short interviews with the photographers about their experiences on the day. A very good copy of this scarce and important publication, creased where folded, as issued, short tear at fold.


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