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Share your photos of 1970s Lewisham

Do you have photographs of life in Lewisham in the 1970s? We want to see them! 

Inspired by John Goto’s acclaimed Lovers’ Rock portraits from 1977, we’re building a community archive of what life was like in and around Lewisham at the time.

Share your personal photographs and family albums, and tell us the stories behind the snaps. We’re particularly interested in photos and tales about dressing up for a night out, what music you were listening to, and the venues in Lewisham that were popular.

Follow the images we unearth on our blog www.lewishamloversrock.wordpress.com, and join the conversation on social media #lewishamloversrock

How to submit your photos
Email your snaps to lucy@autograph-abp.co.uk

What will your images be used for?
The images we collect will become part of a new community archive, blogged and shared on social media.

With your permission, your photos could also join the Lewisham Library Archive, and the Autograph ABP Archive – we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have on the day. 

About John Goto's Lovers Rock

Lovers' Rock is a series of portraits created in Lewisham, South London in 1977. At the time, photographer John Goto taught evening classes in photography and film for two years at Lewisham Youth Centre, where this series was taken. 

The unselfconscious engagement of the subjects in front of the camera can be, in part, explained by their familiarity with the photographer, who was not much older than the sitters. The Series is entitled Lovers Rock after a musical sub-genre that grew out of the South London reggae scene in the mid-1970s. In 1975, the singer Louisa Mark cut the first Lovers Rock hit with ‘Caught You in a Lie’.

In Lovers’ Rock, the young Black sitters at a Lewisham youth centre show an exuberant, supportive and friendly community at odds with the prevailing media images of black youths at the time. A selection of these photographs were exhibited at Lewisham Shopping Centre last year, and a book was published by Autograph ABP in 2012.

Purchase the Lovers' Rock book >

  • Taken in Hastings on day trip from Deptford (1984), which was organised by a local Deptford nursery. Contributed by Juliet Quaoh
  • John Goto, Lovers' Rock. Lewisham, 1977
  • Patricia Douglas, taken by Tony Barnes outside the Flower House Estate, Beckenham Hill Road in August 1976 during a heat wave. Contributed by Joan Lee