London, The East End 1888.
Our photographers walking tour will transport us back in time a slow walk, with time for setting up evocative shots, in among the maze of dark 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.
These women, forced by poverty to ply a meager trade as prostitutes four pence a time to pay their nightly rent...
A summer which the City of London would never forget. The manner of butchery that became associated with one man, his name leaves little to the imagination of what he did to his poor victims - perhaps the most infamous serial killer, who the public have come to call JACK THE RIPPER.
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.
The tour is around three hours .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.
We will talk about some of the 200 Jack Suspects & who are the most likely perpetrators... was it The Prince of Wales, The Queen's Surgeon , A famous painter, A poisoner, A travelling sales man or a local butcher - one of the handful of people incarcerated for insanity ??
Not for the faint hearted... Coming ?
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Please ensure that you are on time so as not to delay the walk for others it's a complicated walking route. We usually allow a maximum of 10-15 minutes extra for the group to gather before starting off.
We will meet at the THIRD EXIT to Aldgate EAST Station - right next to The White Chapel Gallery.