Lawrence Jenkin, Spectacle Maker
"I’ve been in it all my life. My father never forced me or my brothers into the business but we all chose to do it. It’s a nice business. I love it, I love making frames. I wish I was ten years younger because I’d like to make more frames.”
In August Tom took portraits of Lawrence at work to accompany an interview with The Gentle Author.
'Algha Works – where Lawrence Jenkin works – is the only historic industrial building still in use in the Fish Island Conservation Area and Britain’s last hand-made spectacle factory, but it is now under threat as the owners have applied for a single-storey extension to convert it to luxury residential use, forcing out the spectacle makers out . . .'
You can read more about Algha Works and Lawrence on the brilliant Spitalfields Life.