These Arresting Black And White Photos Depict Life In Hackney In The 70s And 80s

These Arresting Black And White Photos Depict Life In Hackney In The 70s And 80s

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Fruit and veg, black and white
Ridley Road Market, 1981

Saying 'Hackney's changed a lot in the past 50 years' is a bit like stating 'water is wet'.

It's common knowledge that the western edge of the East End looks unrecognisable to how it once did. Yet these photos from Neil Martinson who grew up in the area really hammer home the changes.

He's collected his old pictures of Hackney in a new book, Hackney Archive: Work and Life 1971-1985, published by Hoxton Mini Press, out now. Take a look at some of our favourite photos from the book below.

Family at home
Rachel Point, Nightingale Estate, 1974
Man smoking at sewing machine
Shacklewell Lane, 1981
Horse on the streets
Graham Road, 1971
People standing outside a cafe
Giorgi's Cafe, Bethnal Green Road, 1971
Jewish man reading to children
Stamford Hill, 1981
Protesting nurses
Power station
River Lea, 1971
Kids on a ramp
Prime fishmonger
Ridley Road Market, 1981
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Last Updated 07 February 2020