Backyards of Workers' Homes: c.1900

John Galt

 
Backyards of Workers' Homes: c.1900
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 30cm

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This is a photograph of the backyards of workers' homes in Spitalfields, East London, and shows the back-to-back yards of workers' homes. The images makes clear how close to each other the labouring-class families lived. Nevertheless, Galt has chosen to see the dwellings in an airy and open light rather than focus on the dark and cramped aspects. There is a pigeon loft in the centre of the picture, and a missionary to the bottom right.
John Galt was himself a missionary with the London City Mission. This photograph was one of many he produced to show conditions in the East End and the work of the mission. His photographic intention was often to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.

© Ian Galt/ Museum of London

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