Current Project

Our new exhibition at Vestry House Museum is free and open 5 March to 1 November 2020.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

We have been photographing Waltham Forest’s ‘Windrush’ residents, those, who came to the UK from the Caribbean to create new lives from the 1950s to the 1970s. Whether at home, work or play these residents have contributed to the fabric of Waltham Forest in numerous and surprising ways, yet little evidence exists in the borough archives. This project seeks to redress that, collecting oral histories, historic photographs and contemporary photographs.

50 new portraits by photographers Udall Evans, Katherine Green, Jo Sealy, Paula Smith, Nicola Tree, Paul Tucker and Simon Warren will be displayed alongside over 100 personal family pictures, and oral testimonies. There will also be a series of free events. See the website for details.

Vestry House Museum
Free Entry

Vestry Road
London E17 9NH

The project is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Vestry House Museum and London Borough of Waltham Forest.


Previous Exhibitions & Commissions


Image17 announce a new photography commission titled ‘Place Called Home’ awarded by Waltham Forest Council and exhibition at  William Morris Gallery, alongside work by former resident and international photographer, David Bailey and his portrait of musician Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz. The images will feature in a new promotional branding campaign that will include billboards, posters, a new website and feature magazine aimed at highlighting the best of the borough which will also be launched on 14 July 2014.

Read more here. 


For one year, Image17 have been documenting the amazing sports group in Waltham Forest, one of London’s Olympic Boroughs. These 144 image of 48 groups by 13 photographers form an exhibition which will tour the Borough, from 24 March 2012 until 16 September 2012.

These striking and celebratory images show the breadth of sports available, but also the commitment of staff and volunteers. Sport plays an important role in a community; as well as keeping people fit and active, it brings people together, creating friendships and support networks. The images include archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, bowling, boxing, canoeing, chess, cricket, cycling, diving, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, horse riding, ice hockey, ice skating, judo, karate, netball, squash & racket ball, rugby, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, tai chi, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.

The exhibition schedule, with different images at each venue, is as follows:

  • 24 March – 22 April 2012
    Taking Part I – Leyton Library, High Road, London E10 5QH
  • 5 May – 27 May 2012
    Taking Part II – North Chingford Library, The Green, London E4 7EN
  • 9 June – 1 July 2012
    Taking Part III – Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, London E11 1HG
  • 21 July – 19 August 2012
    Taking Part IV – Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN
  • 21 August – 16 September 2012
    Taking Part V – Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN

Taking Part Exhibition, 2011

A photographic exhibition celebrating sport and community in Waltham Forest.  From badminton in the local church hall to synchronised swimming at Pool & Track, Image17 capture the run up to the 2012 Games from a very local perspective.

This preview exhibition, which showed a handful of works from the larger project, included work by Mark Burton, Claire Byrne, Udall Evans, Dan Green, Katherine Green, Fabien Ho, Matt Scandrett, Jo Sealy, Paula Smith, Matt Thompson, Nicola Tree and Simon Warren.

2010 Walthamstow Tapestry (after Grayson Perry)

A photographic mural depicting life in Waltham Forest. From shopping to leisure; Epping Forest to urban estates;  The Walthamstow Tapestry (after Grayson Perry) aimed to reflect the rich and diverse nature of life in the borough. Each artist’s work was interspersed with each other’s and displayed as part of a site-specific installation over 12 metres in length. Developing unforseen connections between the work and creating a collective visual journey. See the exhibitors work here.

2009 Meet: Photographs of Local Social & Leisure Groups

Working our way around Waltham Forest, in 2009 Image17 documented the social and leisure activities that bring people together through shared interests and hobbies, and help to bond communities.