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Photographer puts the focus on single mums

29 June, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Photographer Adem Aydin with Fiona Treasure, Jacqui Shearman, Victoria Cespedes and Jo Sander – some of the single mothers who feature in his exhibition

A YOUNG photographer is staging an exhibition of pictures celebrating single mothers.

Adem Aydin said he had been inspired by his mother who brought him up on the Peabody Estate with his younger brother.

Fiona Treasure in a photo from the exhibition

The 21-year-old said: “A lot of the photographs in the exhibition are of single mums, reflecting the area I grew up in and telling their stories. There is a massive gap between the working class and middle class, but there’s also harmony. There are many strong female characters in the area which the harmony can give thanks for.”

Jacqui Shearman in Mr Aydin’s exhibition

The “Women Of EC1” photos, Mr Aydin’s first solo exhibition, are on display at 21 Roscoe Street in Finsbury until today (Friday). He is a student at the London College of Communication.

“I was inspired by the uniqueness of the Whitecross Street area where I grew up, near the Barbican, an area that has changed since the gentrification of Margaret Thatcher,” he added. “You don’t need to go that far to find a story.”


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