Rare Hackney, Two More Years studio, exhibition review: ‘You won’t regret a visit’

Matt Payne. Photograph: Neil Martinson

Neil Martinson’s photographs of Hackney in the 1970s and 1980s could well have imprinted an era onto our collective memories.

They depict a community on the move – protesting, shopping, fabricating and chatting.

This was life on the streets and in public places, and even if we are now too often squirreled away with our digital devices, the same spirit remains today.

Colin Roach protest, 1983. Photograph: Neil Martinson

Rare Hackney is an exhibition of Martinson’s photos at Two More Years studio on Fish Island to help raise funds for Hackney Foodbank.

Martinson has been documenting East London for over 50 years, and in addition to older photos from the recently published collection Hackney Archive, the show includes some of the photographer’s more recent work, shot just before the pandemic.

Go along to support a good cause, to pick up a perfect Christmas present, or even just to help remember the past, and you’ll not regret a visit to this exhibition.

Rare Hackney runs until 15 November at Two More Years, 7 Roach Rd, Fish Island, London E3 2PA.


Work for sale can be found at martinsonneil.myportfolio.com/work.