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25 fabulous photos of Londoners by Max Gor

Protests, placards, and winning smiles from one of our favourite new street photographers

By Guy Parsons
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Max Gor has been a Londoner for the past 15 years, but it was only a couple of years ago that he discovered his passion for street photography. A software developer by day, in his spare time you can find him on the streets of the city, capturing scenes of the diverse communities that live here. (Follow Max on Instagram or Flickr.)

See some of our favourite photos – and some advice from Max – below.

Woman at Notting Hill Carnival
© Max Gor

Notting Hill Carnival, 2016

‘I have to say that people of London are very open and kind. Ninety-five percent of my experiences are highly positive.’

Mick Taylor, Brick Lane, Street Portrait
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Mick Taylor, Brick Lane

‘Very often people not only let me photograph them, they are also willing to be involved, asking what they should do, and trying to be as helpful as they possibly can.’

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A protestor on May Day in Trafalgar Square, London
© Max Gor

May Day revolutionary

‘Protests and marches make very good places for practising street photography.’

Man with rainbow flag at Pride London
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Standard bearer

‘If you behave wisely, these events are pretty safe, with a lot of things are going on, and people are very keen to be photographed.’

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Poo on racists placard held by child at London protest march
© Max Gor

Anti-fascism for kids

’So I'd recommend attending demonstrations to anyone with a lack of confidence in street photography!’

Refugees Welcome Here protest march
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A friendly welcome

‘But always stay alert – things can change very quickly.’

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man in crowd
© Max Gor

Noticed

‘Sometimes people do not want to be photographed, which is fair enough. But only very, very rarely have I am faced any sort of aggression.’

A punk with tattoo and a pink mohawk in Soho
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Soho punk

‘I am not only photographing people on the streets – I am also looking for something interesting to happen.’

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Living in a fairytale

‘Something that tells a story, something with some sort of  uniqueness.’

London Tattoo Convention
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Tattooed

‘And maybe I'm guilty of a few street photography clichés, which probably is not such a bad thing after all!’

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Man in hat
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Strictly old-school

‘I have a Canon 5D MK2 with lots of lenses, but these days I only use a 50mm prime or 70mm-200mm zoom for shooting my family and friends outdoors.’

Two Pussy Riot supporters in London
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Pussy Riot supporters

‘But when I concentrated on street photography, I realised bulky equipment doesn't help.’

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Older man waiting at a bus stop, London
© Max Gor

Non-bussed

‘People usually pay a lot more attention to big cameras –  they were asking if I was professional, or whether I was going to sell their pictures.’

Smile at Notting Hill Carnival under umbrella
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The Shine

‘Then I tried a Leica X Vario – a birthday present from my lovely wife! It's a small camera with fantastic image quality. On its own it perfectly fits into bag, and I had it on me almost all the time.’

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National Gallery
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Goblin at the gallery

‘But the absence of a viewfinder and the auto-focus performance meant it still wasn't the perfect street camera for me.’

Colin the Hatter in Spitalfields
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Colin the hatter

‘But in May I won a street photography competition that was run by EyeEm and my trophy was an Olympus Pen-F. It's at least as gorgeous as a Leica, much smaller, and way better auto-focus. So from now on, I'll be shooting streets with that!’

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A pier from South Bank juts out into the Thames, London
© Max Gor

This a pier here

‘When it comes to shooting in colour or black and white, it's all about my vision. Black and white can help when there are clashing colours in the frame.’

Stranger No. 8

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A smiling participant covered in paint at the Color Run, London
© Max Gor

These colours do run

A man on a phone in Camden, London
© Max Gor

Camden calling

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A puppy with sad eyes in London
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Sad pup, Hyde Park

Her Majesty the Queen
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Her Majesty

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While you wait

Abolish money
© Max Gor

It might just work

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© Max Gor

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