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The Appleby horse fair is the largest Gypsy and Travellers horse fair in the UK. Tens of thousand of Travellers come from all over the UK and Ireland every year to trade horses and meet up with friends and family in Appleby on the first weekend of June I have always been interested in and curious about people who live differently from us – the so-called “settled community” - especially if they live just next door. So, when I moved to London in 2001 and noticed some caravans by a railway in South Bermondsey, London, I couldn't help but go to the site and wander around. On that small, council-run site, I discovered communities that, as a foreigner, I had never heard of before : Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. I first talked to the children, who were always playing outside, and curious about me and my camera. The adults wouldn't really talk to me. One day, after a few months and a few trips to Ilderton Road, one of the residents, Mary-Ann, an Irish Traveller in her late 50s, invited me in to her caravan. It was the beginning of a friendship and of a project I am still working on 10 years later: documenting the everyday life of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK, the two ethnic groups probably the most discriminated against. Fascinated by their way of life, their culture, their sense of community, and their freedom (from horse fairs to weddings, to funerals and evictions), I have spent a lot of time on sites and in caravans. Here are some images from my archive. This selection of images from my archive were exhibited till the 28th of July 2012 at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London as part of the group show Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush.
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Elisabeth Blanchet
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The Appleby horse fair is the largest Gypsy and Travellers horse fair in the UK. Tens of thousand of Travellers come from all over the UK and Ireland every year to trade horses and meet up with friends and family in Appleby on the first weekend of June I have always been interested in and curious about people who live differently from us – the so-called “settled community” - especially if they live just next door. So, when I moved to London in 2001 and noticed some caravans by a railway in South Bermondsey, London, I couldn't help but go to the site and wander around. On that small, council-run site, I discovered communities that, as a foreigner, I had never heard of before : Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. I first talked to the children, who were always playing outside, and curious about me and my camera. The adults wouldn't really talk to me. One day, after a few months and a few trips to Ilderton Road, one of the residents, Mary-Ann, an Irish Traveller in her late 50s, invited me in to her caravan. It was the beginning of a friendship and of a project I am still working on 10 years later: documenting the everyday life of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK, the two ethnic groups probably the most discriminated against.  Fascinated by their way of life, their culture, their sense of community, and their freedom (from horse fairs to weddings, to funerals and evictions), I have spent a lot of time on sites and in caravans. Here are some images from my archive.   This selection of images from my archive were exhibited till the 28th of July 2012 at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London as part of the group show Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush.