Photography Exhibition Reveals Reality of Child Poverty in London

6 February 2019

A new photography exhibition reveals the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.

Bedrooms of London, by photographer Katie Wilson, will be shown at The Foundling Museum from 8 February until 5 May 2019.

Created in partnership with London’s childhood poverty charity The Childhood Trust, the photos focus on the spaces where children sleep and are shown alongside first-hand narratives from the families.

The Childhood Trust says 700,000 children are currently living below the poverty line in the capital.

A book of the photographs in the exhibition, alongside a report on the housing crisis and its impact on children, will be sent to key policy makers, highlighting the challenges facing families.

Katie Wilson is a London-based photographer specialising in food, portraiture, and fashion photography. Her other projects include Fifty Chefs, a major ongoing body of work exploring London’s culinary culture.  She has also contributed to the #CookForSyria & #BakeForSyria fundraising initiatives, and is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, commercial clients and art galleries, including The Times, Marks and Spencer and Tate Modern.

See the calendar for more information on the Bedrooms of London exhibition.  We will be filming an interview with Katie Wilson at the exhibition – coming soon to Photography Now.

Adam, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London, 2017
‘Nine-month-old Adam sleeps with mum Emily and dad Martin in the living room. With sister Patricia (10), brothers Bradley (6) and Harry (3), the family of six also eat here as there is nowhere to sit.’

Antousha, Gabriela & Moses, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London, 2018
‘Antousha (5), Gabriela (4) and Moses (1), share a two-bedroom flat with their parents, Beatrice and George. The family receives benefits but neither George nor Beatrice, a trained nurse, can work. They are in debt from court fees and depend on charity support.’

Edward, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London, 2017
‘Edward (4) and mum Genavieve, live in a one-room hostel where they have been for nearly a year.’

Nadine, Crystal, Peter & Simone, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London, 2017
‘Nadine (17), Crystal (16), Peter (15) and Simone (9) live with mum and dad in a two- bedroom flat. The children share one room and spend their leisure time here, between studying and helping mum to tidy the flat.’

Rory & Vanessa, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London, 2018
‘Rory (6) and his sister Vanessa (2) live in temporary accommodation. Their mother, Zainab, washes their clothes in the shower and stores food on the bathroom shelves.’

Feature image: Jane, Katie Wilson, Bedrooms of London

‘Newborn Jane lives in a small bedsit with her mother Amelie. There’s nowhere safe to cook. There are no other families in the hostel. Jane and Amelie have to endure nightly parties, late night rows and chronic substance abuse from their neighbours.’