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Photographer explores the lives of characters on the Thames in stunning new exhibition

A NEW photography exhibition celebrating the people who use the River Thames every day is launching at Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) library, One Great George Street, Westminster.

‘River People’, an exhibition by Wandsworth-based photographer Matthew Joseph, documents the lives of people who use the tidal river for work, leisure or travel. It features a number of images from the Superhighway Collection which look at how the Thames has become an integral part of life for residents of London.

The exhibition is supported by Tideway, the company behind the Thames Tideway Tunnel ‘super sewer’, whose civil engineers and technicians will be constructing the new sewer for the next 8 years in a bid to stop untreated sewerage overflowing into the Thames and support London’s growing population. When finished, the project will help defend the river’s natural ecology, reduce pollution and protect the health of Londoners who use the river.

Based in London but working worldwide, Matthew’s bold and vibrant style is commissioned by various clients across the advertising, corporate, editorial and music industries.

Matthew said: “Both as a photographer and as a Londoner, I have a great appreciation for the river Thames. Not only is it a hub of activity and crucial to our capital’s existence, but it also provides ever-changing inspiration for my work.

“I’m of the opinion that the river is often overlooked and undervalued by the 8.6 million inhabitants and many more commuters that exist in London. Shooting the River People series was a chance for me to humanise the waterway and expose the many varied characters that make up the collective face of the tidal Thames – hopefully increasing awareness in the process.”

River People runs from Friday, 22 April to Friday, 3 June in the Library of ICE’s headquarters at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA. It will be open to the public free of charge, Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm.

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