An exhibition of photographs documenting the lives of Elephant and Castle residents. The pictures are part of a project called 'Home' undertaken by the college's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students.
The photos are of a diverse range of people living in and around the Elephant and Castle. They range from portraits of some of the original residents of the Aylesbury Estate, whom for many moving to the place was considered a luxury when it was built, to the homeless living in the subways, to drug users and the life of a young family. Also featured are photographs showing the journey of a blind man through the area and Tibetan Buddhists who have taken over a bathhouse on Walworth Road.
The 'Home' project is designed to encourage students to research and create photographic stories involving the local community as they move out of their council estates and new buildings are constructed.
The Elephant is a corner of London with a rich and complex history of changing cultures and communities. The regeneration project will signal the end of one era and the beginning of another. The colege is committed to documenting, recording and creatively responding to the redevelopment and regeneration of the Elephant. Photographs will be archived in the college and ultimately made available online.
Photography tutor Patrick Sutherland says: "For many students the Elephant project has lead them into developing a longer relationship with place, its people and community."