Unseen images from Battle of Brick Lane to be showcased in London exhibition

Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point
(Image credit: Paul Trevor / Four Corners Gallery)

A historic exhibition celebrating the triumphs and tribulations of East London’s Bengali Activists is due to open on 10 June at The Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green, London. Work by the photographer Paul Trevor will be on display in Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point, revealing the hardships faced by the Bengali community in the late 1970s when institutional racism was rife. 

On 4 May 1978, Altab Ali, a Bangladeshi garment worker, was stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack in Whitechapel Park, London. The incident triggered a mass protest which took place ten days later on 14 May 1978 where more than 7,000 Bengalis marched from Brick Lane to Hyde Park behind the coffin of Altab Ali. This unprecedented uprising against racist far-right groups, now commonly known as The Battle of Brick Lane became a significant moment in the resistance to institutional discrimination and Trevor was there to document it.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.