Our Kids Are Going to HellIain Sinclair
Robin Maddock
Text by: Iain Sinclair
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A portrait of an area and the inherent social interactions between youth, crime and the law, this book describes Hackney and east London, but also provides a commentary on a wider narrative familiar to all urban nocturnal clashes.
Robin Maddock spent three years accompanying local police going about their work in Hackney, east London. His photographs uncovered both a seedy nocturnal narrative, meandering through a young, and often underage, world of drugs and crime, but also a wider perspective of society and its interactions with the law today.

An endless cycle of raids and arrests that never make the local newspapers, drugs are the most prized aspect of the raid, valued equally by both sides. Usually glamorous in their absence, they become visible only through confrontations, weapons, and a tide of visitors to the house of the parents.

Glimpses of arrests and domestic and drug paraphernalia, set against the transient backdrop of fleeting Hackney street corners and stairwells, it will be familiar to but a few. The series shows a cast of characters on both sides of the law playing out their scenes with the mundane daily grind of a resigned and well-played ritual.

Iain Sinclair, the esteemed writer on the history of London who lives in Hackney and is also the recent author of a major survey of the area, has provided the introduction to the book.

There will be a booksigning at the London Art Book Fair on Sunday 27th September, held at the Whitechapel gallery. Both authors will be present.
ISBN: 978-1-907112-02-7
Publication Year: 2009
Binding: Softback
Pages: 140
Format: 180 x 255
Illustrations: 83 colour
Retail Price: UK £30.00 \ US $45.99 \ EURO €35.99 \ CAN $0.00 \ AUS $0.00
Designer: Fruitmachine
List: Photography/Social Reportage
Iain Sinclair is an esteemed writer on the history of London, who lives in Hackney, and is also the recent author of a major survey of the area, Hackney, That Rose Red Empire.
British photographer Robin Maddock’s first two books were also published by Trolley. The first, a portrait of the social interactions of youth and the law in Hackney, ‘Our Kids are Going To Hell’ (2009) was shortlisted as one of the best photobooks of 2009 by PhotoEspana. His second, ‘God Forgotten Face’ (2011) is a continuation of his work on aspects of everyday English society in Plymouth. Both are included in the forthcoming ‘Photobook History : Volume 3’, edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.