Bond ‘baddie’ shows off his work
Hollywood actor, director and playwright Steven Berkoff visited Middlesex University to bring together his images of East London in the 60s and 70s in a photographic exhibition on campus and speak to students about his work.
The black and white social documentary photographs taken in the area around Brick Lane, east London, capture everyday life including ordinary people, shops and streets in the largely Jewish area.
The east-end born actor Steven Berkoff is best known for his performances in villainous roles in Rambo, James Bond’s Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop and A Clockwork Orange. More recently he’s starred in Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and played opposite Johnny Depp in The Tourist.
Steven visited Middlesex University on the 18 April 2013 to speak to students and staff about his photographs and sign his books. His exhibition will be running on campus until Friday 26 April in the Grove Building at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus.
Middlesex University senior lecturer Kathleen Mullaniff, who helped organise the event, said: “The photographs give us a fascinating insight into the area in the 60’s and 70’s. When I first saw the exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery I thought it would be wonderful to show the photographs at the Grove building. The Art and Design students shall be exhibiting at the 'Free Range' exhibition in Brick Lane in June at the Old Truman Brewery and many of Steven’s photographs are of Brick Lane and the surrounding area. The East End of London has an interesting history, these photographs remind of how people worked and lived in the area. Steven's talk was well received and very popular. He’s an outstanding performer and drew a large crowd.”
The touring exhibition was brought to the Atrium Gallery in Middlesex University’s art, design and media building The Grove in Collaboration with the Cass East End Archive, London Metropolitan University and the Lucy Bell Gallery.
The exhibition’s curator Lucy Bell said: “It’s fantastic to see the exhibition tour from my tiny gallery in St Leonards to the state of the art building The Grove and to know that the work will be seen and enjoyed by many students and Londoners.”
Watch a video of Steven discussing his photos.
Photo: Steven Berkoff at Middlesex University in front of his favourite photograph from the exhibition