For the first time ever, the photographs of Norah Smyth – suffragette, photographer and activist – will be exhibited, bringing her original photos back to East London a century after they were taken. Smyth was a central figure in Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS), living and working with her in Bow. With a particular focus on local women and children living in poverty, Smyth created promotional postcards and catalogues, and used her unique skill to take photographs for the ELFS newspaper, The Women’s Dreadnought. A century later, Smyth’s photographs offer an intimate insight into the life and work of Sylvia Pankhurst and ELFS between 1914 and 1918, a seminal moment in women’s social history. The exhibition will showcase over 100 of Smyth’s photographs, letters and documents, and will be accompanied by a free programme of talks and walks.
When? 2nd November 2018 – 9th February 2019 (Tues-Sat 10am-6pm)
Where? Exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, 121 Roman Road, London E2 0QN
Nearest tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line