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11 photos of old east London by Colin O'Brien

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

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
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Hackney Wick, 1991

Clerkenwell, 1962
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Clerkenwell, 1962

Clerkenwell, 1959
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Clerkenwell, 1959

Chatsworth Road, 1986
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Chatsworth Road, 1986

The Griffin, 2007
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The Griffin, 2007

Nightingale Estate, 1999
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Nightingale Estate, 1999

Victoria Park, 2014
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Victoria Park, 2014

Clerkenwell, 1950s
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Clerkenwell, 1950s

Clapton Pond, 2005
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Clapton Pond, 2005

London Fields, 1987
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London Fields, 1987

London Fields, 1987
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London Fields, 1987

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