A-Z London Road

There has been a lot of media coverage over the last few years about the demise of the English High Street and the difficulties faced against competition from the internet, out of town retailers, high rents, parking fees, the list could go on. London Road, Brighton, is my local high street it has had a notoriety for what is generally regarded as urban decay...closed down shops, budget supermarkets, graffiti, street crime, visible alcohol and drug abuse, but on the plus side it has a character and characters of it’s own such that it could never be accused of being bland.

A friend of mine once described it as a 21st century version of Hogarth’s dystopian Gin Alley, the utopian other half of that diptych Beer street lies only 200 yards away in the trendy and touristy North Laines, the contrast in fortunes between the two is plainly visible.

The London road area is now undergoing major re-development, time only will tell the effect of this and whether possible gentrification will only lead to the problems being pushed elsewhere in the city. The photographs here were made in an 11month period from December 2011 through to September 2012 and were displayed in the windows of a derelict department store as a fringe event in the 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial. They are an alphabetised portrayal of the people of London Road and not their environment, which I have graciously left for “Google Street” to cover.

The A-Z is available as a book (£15), details are in the Good Buy section.

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London Road

Aldi_511px

Butchers512

Cowley Club

Duke-Of-Yorks515

Eggs

FIsh518

Graffiti523

Hens524

Iceland525

Jewellery526

Kebab

LiveTheDream528

Mobile Phone

Nationwide

Open Market

Pumpkin532

Quirky532

Ransoms534

St-Bartholomews535

Tattoo

Unconscious537o

Vodka

Worlds End

X540

Youth541

Zumba542

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