'Venues are the soul of London,' says Stoke Newington photographer
- Credit: Alex Amoros
A Stoke Newington photographer spent the second lockdown taking photographs of London music venues to raise awareness of an ongoing campaign to save them.
Alex Amoros' 40 Music Venues project showcases closed venues in London, many of which are located in Hackney, Islington and Camden.
He hopes his photographs help visualise the plight of much-loved and visited haunts and bolster a campaign by charity Music Venues Trust (MVT) to Save Our Venues.
The photographer told the Gazette: "I think if we lose some of these venues, we are going to lose a part of London. We need to fight to keep them alive ."
Islington's The Lexington was also at risk but raised £76,709 it needed to survive and pay staff in November.
Alex said the venues he captured are "the soul of London" and have had a great impact on him personally, having worked in many of them, taking photos and playing gigs with his band called The Liquorice Experiment.
He wanted to show the reality of venues during the pandemic and hopes his photos remind people of the places and their history.
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"All of us, we have memories in all of them - it’s important to think 'they are there,’" Alex added.
Meanwhile, MVT, which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues, announced a new phase of its successful Save Our Venue campaign in December.
It highlights venues at risk with a Traffic Light system.
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Those considered safe are green, at risk of closure without additional support amber and in imminent danger of permanent closure red.
Mark Davyd, chief executive of MVT, said what the campaign has achieved so far is "truly remarkable".
He added: "If people want these local venues to still be there when this is over, there is a very clear call to action - choose a venue, get donating, get writing, get calling, get organised. Save them all. Reopen every venue safely."