On a warm May morning in 1986, Chris Dorley-Brown brought his camera to East London to see if he could capture the sell-off of Rolls Royce, one of the Tory government’s privatization initiatives. It was the first sunny day of the year and he became distracted, capturing instead the frustrated expressions of the imprisoned drivers in the East London traffic.
The photos have been collected into a 96-page hardcover book, Drivers in the 1980s, published by Hoxton Mini Press. The cars, colours, haircuts and expressions of frustration capture the mood and tone of a unique era in Thatcher’s Britain.
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