My aunt sent me a few paperback books she found in a thrift shop a few months ago. They were part of a project by the London College of Communication’s photojournalism students to track the re-development of Elephant & Castle over the next decade. She sent me the first two photo books called Home and Community. Many of the documentary style photos in these books focus on the famous Heygate Estate and the people who once inhabited this massive building that is about to be demolished.
The Heygate, which once held 1,200 families, is nearly fully empty now, the residents forced out, some who had lived their entire lives in that building. It’s reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation has been sited as a main reason for the regeneration. After looking at the LCC books, I wanted to go explore myself. It was nearly empty and easy to find my way into the building, but most of the corridors were fully sealed off already.
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