Kemal Süleyman

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Kemal Süleyman is originally from Northern Cyprus but has been living in London for more than 40 years. He came here with his wife in the 1960s. Kemal opened his shoe repair shop Chatsworth Road in 1967, and like most shop keepers on Chatsworth Road, he is hardworking and loves his job. Now he is 76 years old, and his health is not as good as it used to be. He has sold the building and will soon cease his business. Sad days for the locals who lose a great shoe cobbler and sad for Kemal who loves working. Kemal let us sneak around to document four decades fo craft and skills. 

All photos © Jørn Tomter/Tomter Photography

 

 

 

 

Kemal has lots lots for friends who like to hang out in his shop. 

 

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