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11 photos of old east London by Colin O'Brien

It wasn't always hipsters and street food, y'know

Written by
David Clack
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Photographer Colin O'Brien has been capturing the changing face of east London for more than half a century, during which time he's trained his lens on everything from poverty-stricken families to car accidents. See more of Colin's work at Unit G in Hackney until September 12 (details below).

Hackney Wick, 1991

Hackney Wick, 1991

Clerkenwell, 1962

Clerkenwell, 1962

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Clerkenwell, 1959

Clerkenwell, 1959

Chatsworth Road, 1986

Chatsworth Road, 1986

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The Griffin, 2007

The Griffin, 2007

Nightingale Estate, 1999

Nightingale Estate, 1999

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Victoria Park, 2014

Victoria Park, 2014

Clerkenwell, 1950s

Clerkenwell, 1950s

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Clapton Pond, 2005

Clapton Pond, 2005

London Fields, 1987

London Fields, 1987

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London Fields, 1987

London Fields, 1987

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