George Plemper’s extensive photographic record of south London working-class life was left hidden away in carrier bags for three decades. But thanks to new media, he found a place to exhibit his collection.
It was in the punk summer of 1976, one of the hottest of the century in the UK, that he moved to Thamesmead to take up a teaching post at a secondary school. “I was a chemistry teacher, but not a very good one,” he says. “My handwriting was so bad that the pupils couldn’t understand it, so I began showing them images and photographs, which they seemed to enjoy”.
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