Colin O'Brien has been taking photographs of Londoners and London scenes since 1948. This August O'Brien will once again be exhibiting a carefully selected collection of images in gallery@oxo. (O'Brien exhibited in 2004 and 2006)
From travellers in Hackney (1980) to a fairground in Elephant and Castle (1962) O'Brien has been capturing commonplace moments that are often overlooked by photographers for 65 years. Capturing the commonplace is what makes O'Brien's images so special, he has documented a way of life that is now long gone.
Born in 1940 in a very different Clerkenwell to the one we know today, O'Brien photographed the London working life of the 1950s and 60s. "Most of my pictures have been taken in London, where I was born and have lived all my life. The London street scene is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me."
With a photographic journey spanning 65 years O'Brien has painstakingly selected his favourite images for this exhibition. Although the images are not chronologically ordered they all convey a past existence, of a world that has changed out of recognition over that period of time. 65 is a must see exhibition for anyone wanting to be taken on a nostalgic journey of a way of life that no longer exists.