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Covent Garden - Exhibition of Images of The Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Markets

25/05/2008, By

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Covent Garden is an exhibition of Clive Boursnell's unique photographic record of the Covent Garden fruit, vegetable and flower markets between 1968 and 1974, which has been made possible by the generous support of Covent Garden London.

“We are passionate about continuing to showcase Covent Garden's character and its heritage with a rolling programme of cutting edge, cultural events and entertainment for Londoners. We are immensely proud of Covent Garden's history and to be the host of this photography exhibition.” - Covent Garden London Brand Director, Bev Churchill.

Hidden away from public view for more than 30 years, Boursnell’s colour and black and white photographs are a revelation. They include portraits of the people working and using the markets; the flowers, fruit and vegetables; the streets and architecture of the Covent Garden area and its distinctive character, before the markets moved to Nine Elms.

The exhibition is curated by Clive Boursnell and will be located on the ground floor of No 1 The Piazza, in the heart of Covent Garden. It celebrates a moment in London's history and heritage, with many images that will resonate today, particularly with the public's renewed interest in food and its provision.

Covent Garden now plays host to more than 45 million visitors annually, with people coming from all over the world to experience its unique and inspiring atmosphere. This one-off gallery show offers visitors the opportunity to see how the market area looked in its Market days.

Clive Boursnell was born in London and has had a varied life. He was a child actor and dancer in film and television, a woodsman in Windsor Great Park, a dairyman and a miner in Canada and a professional mountaineer and assistant glaciologist in the Canadian Arctic.

Since the mid-1960s he has worked in photography for newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Country Life, Country Living and BBC Wildlife and organisations such as the National Trust, English Heritage, The Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, amongst others. He is currently the chair of the Garden Photographers Association.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the publication of a book 'Covent Garden' by Clive Boursnell, published by Frances Lincoln at £20, all the Images are taken from the book.

No.1 The Piazza
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8HA
Friday 13th June to Saturday 21st June
Open from 11 am to 7 pm every day
Free entrance

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