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In the past decade this community in South East London has seen some pretty dramatic changes. Home to art colleges, small businesses and a vibrant local community, Peckham is one of the most transformed parts of the city. We enlisted someone who’s been living there all along to tell us about the neighborhood’s history and to point us in the direction of a good coffee.

In 1973, local artist Tom Phillips began an annual project documenting 20 different sites around Peckham, a district in South East London that once had an unsavory reputation. Using a pencil and compass, he drew a circle on the map that measured a half-mile radius from his home on Grove Park in the western part of town, marked 20 locations on the line and set off with his camera. Every year since then he has returned to those

  • Words:
    James Cartwright
  • Photography:
    Helen Cathcart

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  • Words:
    James Cartwright
  • Photography:
    Helen Cathcart
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