The most recent issue of the Journal of the London Society
focussed on 'Making London', the vast array of different businesses and industries that still have their home in the capital. An exhibition at the Institution of Civil Engineers also uses this theme in part of the works on display.
, an exhibition by Wandsworth-based photographer Matthew Joseph, runs from 22 April until 3 June and documents the lives of people who use the tidal river for work, leisure or travel. It features a number of images from the Superhighway Collection which look at how the Thames has become an integral part of life for residents of London.
The Exhibition explores how different people use the river, showing the importance of the River Thames and the diverse ways in which it is used. From rowers and anglers using the river for leisure, to those who work on London’s flood defences, sewage system and on riverboats, the Thames is a key part of London’s character and an integral part of the city for many.
The artist, Matthew Joseph is a commercial and advertising photographer specialising in capturing people and lifestyle. Based in Wandsworth, London but working worldwide, his bold and vibrant style is commissioned by a range of clients across the advertising, corporate and editorial industries.
Meeting people, making connections and documenting the moment are central to his work, as is his home city and the river which runs through it. Ever striving to evoke emotion in each image, honesty and originality are of the utmost importance, and the passion he possesses for the camera and his art is evident.
Matthew was recently awarded first place in the RICS 2016 Infrastructure Photography competition.
Knowledge Partner Tideway, working with the ICE to deliver the Exhibition, is the organisation delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the 25 kilometre sewer tunnel needed to prevent an average 20 million tonnes each year of untreated sewage discharging into the tidal River Thames in London.
The tunnel will not only improve the environment, ecology, public health, appearance and reputation of London, but it will also give a much-needed and immediate boost to the economy by offering thousands of skilled jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships.
The exhibition is supported by Tideway, the company behind the Thames Tideway Tunnel ‘super sewer’, whose civil engineers and technicians will be constructing the new sewer for the next 8 years in a bid to stop untreated sewerage overflowing into the Thames and support London’s growing population. When finished, the project will help defend the river’s natural ecology, reduce pollution and protect the health of Londoners who use the river.
For further information on the exhibition, visit https://www.ice.org.uk/events/private-events/river-people