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In Praise Of Older Women

December 17, 2013
by the gentle author

Contributing Photographer Chris Kelly sent me this glorious collection of  her pictures of older women, some from the East End and many from elsewhere – entitled In Praise Of Older Women after the book by the Hungarian writer Stephen Vizinczey.

“Iʼve taken many pictures of inspirational women over the years but these are among the ones that make me smile the most,” Chris told me, “I know nothing about the private lives of the people in these photographs, I only know that the characters were strong, determined and fun to be with.”

Peggy Metaxas & Rosie, Whitechapel, 2013

Members of All Saints Dance Club, Poplar, 2003

Members of All Saints Dance Club, Poplar, 2003

Older people from France on an exchange visit to Kent, 1993

Older people from France on an exchange visit to Kent, 1993

Kazia Cander, farmer, Northern Poland, 1984

Kazia Cander, farmer, Northern Poland, 1984

Community Centre, Southwick, East Sussex, 1985

Members of Maidstone CND at Greenham Common, 1983

Irene Livermore & Mary Christmas, Wapping Pensionersʼ Group, St Peterʼs Centre, 2003

Spectator at National Carriage Driving Championships, Windsor, 1983

Queenie Baxter, Connors House, Canterbury, 1993

Sheffield Pensioners Action Group at a rally in Manchester, 1988

Sheffield Pensioners Action Group at a rally in Manchester, 1988

Sheffield Pensioners Action Group member sells copies of Senior Citizen

Sheffield Pensioners Action Group members dress up to commemorate eighty years of Old Age Pensions

Spectators at Ascot Races, 1983

Fernande Bressy, wine producer, Rhône Valley, 1991

Irish Emma leading the bingo at St. Patrickʼs, Wapping

Methodist Centre, Bethnal Green, 2003

Bridie Murphy and Warden Anne Baine, Twinbrook Estate, Belfast, 1989

Anwara Begum, Cable St Community Gardens, 2012

Balkis Karim, Cable St Community Gardens, 2012

Administrator at North London Community Centre, 1998

Photographs copyright © Chris Kelly

You may like to take a look at these other photographs by Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly’s Columbia School Portraits 1996

Chris Kelly’s Cable St Gardeners

Chris Kelly’s Cable St Gardeners in Colour

Chris Kelly & Dan Jones in the Playground

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Deby (from Canada) permalink
    December 17, 2013

    What a splendid collection of photos- there is much life and love and laughter in them-
    I like them all but would especially love to give the Polish farmer with the milk jug a big hug.
    Cheers
    Deby

  2. December 17, 2013

    As an ex-Sheffielder it’s nice to see SPAG in full force!

    Lovely pictures. What a nice thing to celebrate. I’m very nearly an older woman and it’s good to see some beautiful examples of what I’m heading for. Thanks :)

  3. Eileen robertson permalink
    December 17, 2013

    Truly wonderful collection of photographs , capturing the essence of the older women from all walks of life , thankyou , Eileen

  4. December 17, 2013

    Wonderful! I have a deep respect for these women, who have worked hard a lifetime long and done a great deal. They remind me of my mother, who is 83 now…
    ACHIM

  5. Moyra P. permalink
    December 17, 2013

    Lovely, lovely work; so too the other links. Made me smile… what more can you want for the day!

  6. John Campbell permalink
    December 17, 2013

    Mary Christmas – Fantastic!

  7. Cherub permalink
    December 19, 2013

    These make me happy to head towards old age. The ladies in the community garden look so happy. I particularly love the photo of the lady having a cuppa and a fag, she reminds me of my late Aunty Meg who was eccentric and very, very funny.

  8. sprite permalink
    December 30, 2013

    A worthy collection! so endearing.

  9. Pauline Allen permalink
    August 10, 2014

    How beautiful. Thank God for women. xxx

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