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Phil Maxwell’s Old Ladies in Colour

June 24, 2012
by the gentle author

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.

Photographs copyright © Phil Maxwell

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Nanina permalink
    June 24, 2012

    I love them all. Each one sculpted by life. Please keep on posting more old ladies.

  2. June 24, 2012

    Nice to see the red-headed lady on her bicycle.

  3. Pat permalink
    June 24, 2012

    In the States “old lady” is a derogatory term. When we want to honor so-called old ladies we refer to them as elderly ladies.

    When I lived in UK I heard the expression “old dear” –which seems kinder than old lady.

  4. March 20, 2013

    In the majority of these pictures the ladies look miserable, I feel it would of been kinder if you had asked permission first, as these set of pictures do not do justice to the great ladies of the East End.

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