Disappearing Home by Emanuele Giovagnoli



A traditional tea dance is held by the Newham Council at Stratford Old Town Hall on the 30th March 2015, London.
A traditional tea dance is held by the Newham Council at Stratford Old Town Hall on the 30th March 2015, London.

Disappearing Home is a portrait of the East End’s English community at the start of the new century: it documents and explores its culture and traditions.

The project depicts a glimpse into the everyday lives of the English people of East End and intends to serve as a visual representation of the identity of this community today.

The project was driven by my interest in the social dynamics that rules the diverse communities populating the East End: unemployment, cultural and racial integration and a lack of social housing. By photographing the decline of a community rooted to traditions barely surviving the social changes of the area, I wanted to explore the meaning of cultural identity. Disappearing Home aims to show the longing for cultural identity of the English community living in one of the least English areas of London.

Friday night boxing bout at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.
Friday night boxing bout at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.

About Emanuele Giovagnoli

Emanuele Giovagnoli is an Italian documentary photographer based in London. He recently graduated in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (2015). His work focuses on social documentary and portraiture. [Official Website]

Amateur boxing bouts at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.
Amateur boxing bouts at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.
West Ham United fans support their team outside the stadium during a football match the 27th December 2014, London, Upton Park, Boylen ground.
West Ham United fans support their team outside the stadium during a football match the 27th December 2014, London, Upton Park, Boylen ground.
Disappearing Home-London-East End's English community. 5. Paul Gerome performs at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 6th December 2014, London.
Paul Gerome performs at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 6th December 2014, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 6. Men enjoy a sunny day at midday outside of a local pub in Bethnal Green on the 24th April 2015, London. The unemlpoyment rate of the East End is the highest of London.
Men enjoy a sunny day at midday outside of a local pub in Bethnal Green on the 24th April 2015, London. The unemlpoyment rate of the East End is the highest of London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 9. Nino, owner of the Nino's Capri Fish for 42 years, poses for a photograph inside his shop on the 28th December 2014, London.
Nino, owner of the Nino’s Capri Fish for 42 years, poses for a photograph inside his shop on the 28th December 2014, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 10. Portraits of former boxers hung on the wall of the Repton Boxing Club, in Bethnal Green on the 19th March 2015, London.
Portraits of former boxers hung on the wall of the Repton Boxing Club, in Bethnal Green on the 19th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 11. Gary Cooke (left) talks to the gym head coach Tony Burns at the Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green on the 19th March 2015, London.
Gary Cooke (left) talks to the gym head coach Tony Burns at the Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green on the 19th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 12. Two men drink beer prior to the start of an amateur boxing bout at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.
Two men drink beer prior to the start of an amateur boxing bout at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 10th April 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 13. Friday night at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 7th December 2014, London.
Friday night at the East Ham Working Mens Club on the 7th December 2014, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 14. A few photographs, a film poster and a paint hung on the wall at the George's Plaice, popular fishmonger in Roman Road, Bow, on the 11th March 2015, London.
A few photographs, a film poster and a paint hung on the wall at the George’s Plaice, popular fishmonger in Roman Road, Bow, on the 11th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 17. Mr Downey, fishmonger, at his street stand in Mile End on a trade day on the 8th March 2015, London.
Mr Downey, fishmonger, at his street stand in Mile End on a trade day on the 8th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 18. An English fishmongers family run business at the East Ham Market Hall, popular market with a mix of traditional East End shops and Asian stalls.
An English fishmongers family run business at the East Ham Market Hall, popular market with a mix of traditional East End shops and Asian stalls.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 16. A view of the East End, with tall its traditional bricks houses in Bow on 12 February 2015, London.
A view of the East End, with tall its traditional bricks houses in Bow on 12 February 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 21. Chris Nathan, 3rd generation business owner of Nathan's Eel 'n' Pie Shop eats a jelly eel, traditional east end meal before her shift on the on the 14th October 2014, London.
Chris Nathan, 3rd generation business owner of Nathan’s Eel ‘n’ Pie Shop eats a jelly eel, traditional east end meal before her shift on the on the 14th October 2014, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 22. Mr Broomfield share a joke with his friend Tom at the George's Plaice, traditional East end fish shop, on 11th March 2015, London.
Mr Broomfield share a joke with his friend Tom at the George’s Plaice, traditional East end fish shop, on 11th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. A Union Jack flag painted on the side of a car repair shop in Hackney Wick on the 26th March 2015, London.
A Union Jack flag painted on the side of a car repair shop in Hackney Wick on the 26th March 2015, London.
Disappearing Home-London-East End's English community. traditional pie and mash shop. 8. Shirley (left) and Chris (right, 3rd generation business owner) set up the Nathan's Eel 'n' Pie Shop before opening time on the 14th October 2014, London.
Shirley (left) and Chris (right, 3rd generation business owner) set up the Nathan’s Eel ‘n’ Pie Shop before opening time on the 14th October 2014, London.
Disappearing Home-London East End's English community. 15. Mr Broomfield, fishmonger and former photographer, surrounded by his photographs of the London old Billingsgate Fish Market at the George's Plaice, Roman Road, Bow on the 11th March 2015, London.
Mr Broomfield, fishmonger and former photographer, surrounded by his photographs of the London old Billingsgate Fish Market at the George’s Plaice, Roman Road, Bow on the 11th March 2015, London.
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