East London Portfolio: Signs, Posters, Typography & Graphics

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At fifteen years old, John went to work in advertising at McCann Erickson where he encountered the inspiring figure of designer Robert Brownjohn, who had once been a pupil of Moholy-Nagy and famously created the opening credits for ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘From Russia With Love.’ “It opened up my eyes to how people communicate and the beauty of typography.” John confided, “You’re surrounded by it and you’re brought up with it, but people like Robert Brownjohn take it to another level.”

Excerpt taken from an interview with gentle author, Spitalfields Life, who first published these photographs.
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Set 9, E1, 1969. “Bertrand Russell looking at the end of the world
– the window is like a mushroom cloud.”

Tights, E1, 1967

E14, 1970. “It reminded me of ’Soylent Green’,
the science fiction movie with Edward G. Robinson.”

Queens Road, E13, 1959. “I used to go with my mum to Queens Rd Market
on Saturday morning to get a few bits and pieces.”

Black Police Out, E1, 1967. “There were quite a few of these around.”

Devils Kitchen, E15, 1962. “The Two Puddings was a brilliant pub.”

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