The Anthony Green Photography Archive has been established to preserve a unique
body of work from a unique photographer. The archive consists of approximately 5000
monochrome, 35mm negatives, and 560 original black and white photographic prints.
The archive covers the period from 1967 to 1974, when Green, at the age of 18,
embarked upon, “A frenzy of picture taking akin to a drug addiction”. This
extraordinary burst of creative energy produced thousands of images, most of which can
be seen here for the first time in more than 40 years. To have taken so many beautiful
photographs within such a short space of time is a remarkable achievement.
What is even more remarkable is that non of these photographs were ever commissioned
or taken on a paid assignment. They were taken for the purest of reasons, simply to
create beautiful, thought provoking images.
But Green was no dilettante. He was driven to take photographs. “I was impatient to get
out and shoot...I was searching for drama...for pathos ...but always with an eye on the
geometry”. This archive ensures that Green’s opus is saved for the benefit of future
generations of artists, photographers, teachers and historians.
The majority of photographs were taken on the streets of East London and Docklands, at
a time when the area was undergoing huge cultural upheavals. The one exception is the
extraordinary portfolio “A Sanitarium in Switzerland”.
Towards the end of this torrent of image making, Green paid the inevitable price. (He
was a perfectionist who often spent 18 hours in the darkroom in the quest for the perfect
print). Suffering from exhaustion, he was admitted into a private sanitarium in
But within days of arriving, he was shooting pictures again, “Making lovely shapes by
These photographs capture a lost world in a state of flux. Green’s visual approach was an
appropriate foil for the age; dark, grainy, poignant.
In a 1974 interview for Aperture magazine he said, “I look for geometry and emotions in
photographs. I try to put emotion into the emulsion”.
Notes by Dr. Stephen Knowall