Our Photographers

Four Lenses: creative documentation of the OB redevelopment


The Four Lenses project brings together four local photographers, differing in approach, to capture the process of resuscitation of the Observer Building – the people, the places, the challenges and the fantastic benefits it creates. Each practitioner brings their perspective and style to the documentation, giving a rich and multi-faceted picture of the building’s evolution over time.


Four Lenses is a pilot project, the results and learning from which can be used to establish a wider creative documentation of the Observer Building redevelopment, and the connected neighbourhood improvement project being undertaken in the White Rock neighbourhood.

The materials collected will be exhibited in various ways to capture and engage people with our unique approach to neighbourhood development. More information on this to come.

We will form an archive for posterity of the Observer Building’s transformation.


John Cole – “I will be working on a continuation of ongoing Unsung Heroes project, similar to the style in which I documented the workers at the Jerwood and the Pier. I will focus on portraits of the men and women who do the actual hands-on work: the architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, concrete workers, carpenters, roofers, etc. Really anyone and everyone working on site to bring our Observer Building back to life.”

Benedict Stenning – “A project which incorporates spaces and people, building up some poetic narrative. Corners of spaces. Small pieces that have resonance that lead to a bigger picture.”

Cathy Teesdale – “For the past four years I have been celebrating humanity, character and community through my Humans of Greater London project, sharing thousands of portraits and stories via our Humans of London book and Facebook page. I feel I’m best at capturing colourful, candid and naturalistic portraits and action shots, so capturing the energy and character of the workshops, trainings and people working within the Observer Building would be my primary focus.”

Jonny Thompson – “I’ve documented the redevelopment of Rock House next door since it started in 2015, and this building seems to be the next stage of that journey. My work will continue in a similar vein with photographing tenants. It’s a new life for the building and I’ll be documenting the new lives about to enter it.”