Books by Louis Berk


This book is the vision of photographer Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky, an acknowledged expert on the east-end and specifically Whitechapel social history. The authors chose 50 buildings, still standing today, that capture the essence of Whitechapel, past and present. 96 pages with over 100 colour photographs. Order information here.


In their second book on Whitechapel, Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky take you on a journey through the lesser-known sights of the area, telling the extraordinary stories of the people that lived there and the events surrounding them. Spanning the history of Whitechapel from the seventeenth century to the modern day and illustrated with both archive and contemporary images, this book brings to life one of London’s most fascinating areas. 96 pages and over 100 colour photographs.
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The cemeteries of Brady Street and Alderney Road in Whitechapel are some of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the UK. They are also natural oases full of mature trees and wildlife. Louis Berk was given exclusive access by the owners to photograph these beautiful and historic burial grounds. The result charts the impact of the seasons on the landscape over a 4-year period. 96 pages and over 100 colour photographs. 
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A history of Whitechapel told by the doorways throughout the area. Photographed by Louis Berk and narrated by Rachel Kolsky, an award winning London Blue Badge tour guide, this new book provides a unique perspective on the importance of Whitechapel to London’s social and political history.

Containing over 120 portrait photographs of doors found on Whitechapel’s buildings, Whitechapel Doors spans a timeline from the 18th century to the modern day. The entrances range from humble residences to grand public buildings and are accompanied by an explanation of the significance of each to the history of Whitechapel. Order information here.

WALK TO WORK takes the reader on three different journeys, early in the morning through the fragile and ever changing hinterlands of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. These areas are redolent of important social history, traces of which are still evident if one looks closely enough. 120 pages of full colour photography accompanied by the author's narrative on his journeys and the surprises they contain. Order information here

Welcome to AMPTHILL, a trio of colour coded tower blocks which are a waypoint on any journey from central London northwards towards Hampstead. Louis Berk spent 5 years photographing these intriguing buildings from various locations around the borough of Camden. The buildings become a focal point and sometimes turn up in an unexpected way within the landscape. This work shows how architecture is not only important close up but can be revealing when viewed from a distance. Order information here.

SCHOOL WORK is a photographic account of the activities performed by the staff in an outstanding secondary school. Swanlea School is located in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived boroughs in the United Kingdom. School Work is an important insight for both educational practitioners and the general public alike. It challenges the reader's perception of how a secondary school works and provides a valuable insight into the processes which are vital for the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning. Order information here.