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11 photos of old east London by Colin O'Brien

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

By David Clack

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

Clerkenwell, 1962


Clerkenwell, 1959

Chatsworth Road, 1986


The Griffin, 2007

Nightingale Estate, 1999


Victoria Park, 2014

Clerkenwell, 1950s


Clapton Pond, 2005

London Fields, 1987


London Fields, 1987


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