Photographs Of The River People Of The Thames

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 21 months ago
Photographs Of The River People Of The Thames
Jonothan Starkey - Thames21 volunteer, who helps clean up the Thames. Copyright Matthew Joseph

London grew around the River Thames. Even though it's not essential for trade any more, it still provides a source of work and leisure for many.

Wandsworth based photographer Matthew Joseph has captured some of these people in stunning portraits, now on display in a free exhibition at the Institute of Civil Engineers — itself a magnificent architectural work of art.

Glen Ellis - Tower Bridge driver. And, yes, that is his official title. Copyright Matthew Joseph
Kristiana Thomas - stand up paddle board yoga instructor, pictured near Kew Bridge. Copyright Matthew Joseph
Chris Livett - marine logistics expert. Chris is also Master of The Company of Watermen and Lightermen and Waterman to H.M Queen Elizabeth II. Copyright Matthew Joseph
Stephen Shipley - Tideway employee, who works to improve conditions on the river. Copyright Matthew Joseph
Louis Pettipher - winner of the 2015 Doggett’s Coat and Badge, the oldest race on the river. Copyright Matthew Joseph
Charlotte Thompson - Thames Rib Experience. Charlotte set up the company with little former experience of boats. Copyright Matthew Joseph

River People is on at The Library of the Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, SW1P 3AA until 3 June. The exhibition is free and open Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm. The accompanying book Tideway is available to purchase from the exhibition or from Matthew Joseph's website.

Last Updated 11 May 2016