London's oldest and best known photographic studios, Holborn Studios, have probably been saved from
the demolition ball. The group of Victorian industrial buildings, which ranges alongside the Regents
Canal between Hackney and Islington in the heart of oh-so-trendy Hoxton, received a Local
Heritage Listing on 30th April 2014. This listing combined with the Studios position within the Regents Canal Conservation
Area means that developers, Gold Property Developments Ltd, will face enormous legal and social
challenges if they continue with their attempts at total demolition. The Biggin Hill based house builders
wish to make a block of flats and offices on the site of the existing studio complex. Holborn Studios was
dubbed by Helmut Newton as "the Abbey Road of photography" and it has provided studios and
facilities for the world's leading image makers, including David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Annie Liebovitz,
Lord Snowdon, Terry O'Neil and John Swannell. See the media release below for further examples of image makers and their subjects.
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The McCartney family have owned and operated Holborn Studios for 35 years and they are responsible for the employment of up to 350 people at the present location.