Gypsy boys in Deptford
This photograph was taken by Jim Rice in the 1970s. It shows three young gypsy boys in Douglas Way in Deptford in south-east London. Rice knew the area well. As a child, he had gone shopping in Douglas Street Market with his parents.
Centre of industry
During the 19th century, Deptford was one of London's largest and most successful industrial sites. It was a centre for shipbuilding, trade merchants, timber yards and distilleries. It was also home to Deptford Power Station which opened in 1889. However, during the economic recession of the 1980s, industry went into decline and the area suffered from unemployment and neglect.
Jim Rice is a freelance photographer who grew up in London. He specialises in portraits. He has photographed life in the city since the 1970s, creating a unique picture of London's diverse population.
Museum number IN7148