Phil Maxwell’s Old Ladies in Colour
Previously, I published two selections of Phil Maxwell‘s black and white photographs of old ladies, but today I am publishing this collection of his more recent pictures of old ladies in glorious colour, just in case anyone should be under the misapprehension that old ladies are a thing of the past in the East End. As much we celebrate the flourishing of youth culture bringing new life to the streets, we cherish these spirited seniors. They are streetwise and they have got guts. We take consolation in their indomitable vitality, and draw reassurance that – thanks to their abiding presence – no Californian culture of make-overs, of everyone aspired to eternal youth and model-good-looks through dieting, waxing, plastic surgery, personal styling and strenuous exercise, could ever prevail here. As long as the old ladies are with us, we know the true spirit of the East End is alive.
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