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JACK THE RIPPER, LONDON EAST END 1888, A PHOTOGRAPHER'S HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

WE TRAVEL BACK TO LONDON OF THE GEORGIAN & VICTORIAN EAST END , THE SUMMER OF 1888 THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER FORGET. A PLACE OF HELL WITHOUT SALVATION. POVERTY, CRIME , ALCOHOL, PROSTITUTION. THE AUTUMN OF TERROR , ONE MILE, A SERIAL KILLER - FIVE SLAUGHTERED PROSTITUTES. JACK THE RIPPER. A SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED PHOTOGRAPHERS GUIDED WALK TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF  A TIME CAPSULE ALMOST PRESERVED. 

WE MEET AT ALDGATE EAST UNDERGROUND STATION EXIT 3, WE WILL MEET NEXT TO THE ENTRANCE OF WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, WHICH IS BESIDE EXIT THREE.

MEETING AT 2PM & SETTING OFF PROMPTLY. 

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This is a winding route that tracks up & down through the old streets of Spitalfields following the five Canonical murders . Of special interest to photographers as much of the area is still preserved in a time capsule of the Victorian Age against a backdrop of ultra modern architecture of the London Financial District.

 Because this is a specifically photographers walking tour  rather than marching through at a pace  on a general Ripper walk, I will guide you through streets with the details of the murders, the investigations, pointing out interesting locations & photographic observations.. most  importantly we will have the time  that we need to capture evocative shots, contrasting perspectives.

 We will follow the steps of Jack The Ripper, London's first serial killer, never caught, as we trace his path amongst the maze of narrow cobbled streets, where in five short months of the summer of 1888 The East End  of London was terrorized by the most brutal & horrific slaughter of a series of women, forced by poverty to ply a meager trade as prostitutes. 

Never caught, never convicted , still alive in public imagination, we will walk along the route of the murders, I will explain the historical context of the area, the murder locations, the brutal facts of the murders & how the various competing  investigations proceeded as well as some of the numerous suspects.

  As photographers it's in our nature to observe carefully, look at lighting & shadows to create atmosphere. Although time has passed the detail of many of these old narrow streets, the pub where many of the victims frequented.. the incident locations - are largely preserved - &  the locations come alive without effort.  


Black & white or sepia  photography is particularly atmospheric  in these winding enclosed streets -although now in the midst of some amazing modern architecture - its not difficult to imagine how the ripper lay in wait for his victim as  it was back in 1888. Not for the faint hearted...

 The route that our Jack the Ripper walk takes has been designed to take in the dramatic architectural back drops, & lead us  straight into the area where the murders occurred , to give you a much better understanding of what the neighbourhood was like when Jack the Ripper stalked the very alleyways and passageways through. The tour is around three hours + given that we will be taking time photographing  backdrops. 

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  • Jakub

    I have uploaded few photos, some of them are delicately processed some don't but most had to be re-saved as the maximum size of uploaded photos is 10MB.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • John

    Many thanks for a really interesting tour looking in to this grim part of our past, with Jude's thorough research helping us understand the true horror of the Ripper's story and the context of desperation and poverty in 19th century Whitechapel.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Thai

    An interesting and diverse walk around the east end of London, following the Rippers' treks. Have wanted to do this tour for ages. Thank you Jude for your enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge on the subject.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Giorgia

    Lots of very good historical information to understand the period, and great to discover more of London in a sunny day

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Jakub

    Great stuff! Jude is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about subject. We had a great weather and seen lots of Jack the Ripper related places.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Paul_1077

    Unfortunately something has cropped up last min so I'm going to have to drop out this time. I'll be on one of the next ones though!

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • JUDE

      No problem - thank you for letting me know - look forward to seeing you at another :)

      March 8, 2014

  • Sasha B.

    I have wanted to do this walk for years and with my camera would be brilliant! And even time my mom comes to visit we plan to go and never do! Unfortunately my boys are racing this Sun so can't come. Really bummed but so happy you you will be doing it again!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • JUDE

      Hi Sasha, it's a great walk - amazing place - don't worry i repeat this photographers walk each month there's another in April & May :)

      March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the wait list...would love to attend this. Can't make the one later in April. Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • JUDE

      Your'e in Paul :) Look forwards to meeting you & hope you have a good time

      March 8, 2014

  • Vish

    Can you advise on the lens? I have got standard 18- 55mm and[masked]mm

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • JUDE

      Vishal, that's perfect - i use my 70 - 200 for most of this walk- does the job with landscape architecture perfectly.

      March 8, 2014

  • Vish

    Oh no! I am on the waiting list :( - reminds me of being on the naughty list. :p

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • JUDE

      Hi -This tour for photographers is repeated very regularly, about every 4-5 weeks so if you can't get on this one, don't worry :) book the next . Look forwards to meeting you.

      March 8, 2014

  • Rose N.

    Sorry, I can't make this one. Something's come up.
    Have a good walk and I hope I'll make the next one.

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • JUDE

      No worries Rose hope you have a great day & this is walk that is repeated regularly :)

      March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully I can make this. I will pay once Once I can definitely confirm if that is ok

    1 · March 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Jude (typed while humming 'that' song) I am definitely now able to make this and will pay you on arrival. See you Sunday

      1 · March 6, 2014

  • Erica

    This tour seems great!! :) Happy to come!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Natalie

    Sounds brilliant! Can't wait

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • JUDE

    Hi Alex, I repeat all the tours approx every 5-6 weeks as like yourself the dates people can make vary. So no worries - this will repeat through the year as its a very popular one !

    February 16, 2014

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