Riverside School, Thamesmead, England. Portrait #2 Sam Uba 1978, George Plemper
Trees and I really love these photos taken by George Plemper at the Riverside School, Thamesmead between 1976-78. The children seem so comfortable in front of the camera; there are no stilted poses or forced smiles. What makes these especially compelling is that the photographer has given the same care to each image as you would expect from photos shoots of models or actors, “important” people. Every freckle, every rumpled jacket or shy smile, is exposed in all its true and honest beauty. Its impossible to look through these photos without seeing how perfectly beautiful this group of completely normal children is. And in that revelation we can’t fail see the beauty in ourselves.
Riverside School, Thamesmead Portrait #81 ~1977, George Plemper
Riverside School Portrait #45 1977, George Plemper