London: Nobody, 2005.
Part-scrap yard, part-car boot sale, part-flea market, here in The Wick the detritus of the inner city finds its way to the edges to be sifted and sorted, recycled and bartered, often by people living outside the city's official economies. In January 2005, the young British photographer Stephen Gill purchased a Bakelite camera at the market for 50p and has used it, over several months, to document The Wick's strangely self-sufficient world and the frenetic activity of the people who occupy it. A plastic camera with a plastic case and lens, the camera has no focus or exposure controls. Its no-frills technology mirrors the functionality of the market itself and Gill's resulting photographs exploit the spontaneous effects of the camera to reflect the energy and chaos and - faced with closure in July when the market's licence expires - the fragility of the environment. Self published. Item #1807