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Brick Lane By Phil Maxwell

January 1, 2014
by the gentle author

Publication 3rd April

This spring – with your kind assistance – I plan to publish the definitive photography book of Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell. Phil is the photographer of Brick Lane, he came in 1982 and has been taking pictures here ever since, creating a vast corpus of vibrant black and white photography that is a unique social record. His work stands unparalleled in the canon of street photography, both in its range and the quality of human observation that informs his eloquent images.

Laying myself upon your goodwill, I am asking any of my readers who are willing – to invest a sum of no more and no less than £1000 each to fund the publication of Brick Lane. All those who invest will be credited personally in the book and invited to bring a cheque along to a dinner with Phil Maxwell, hosted by yours truly. In April, prior to publication, I will present you with an inscribed copy of the book and, six months later, your investment will be returned to you – unless you choose to offer it as a donation towards the publication of further titles by Spitalfields Life Books.

In recent months, Phil has been working closely with distinguished book designer Friederike Huber who designed Colin O’Brien’s Travellers’ Children in London Fields and Don McCuillin’s In England, to create an elegant three hundred page photography book that everyone who knows Brick Lane will want to have and that can stand in perpetuity as a dignified testimony of time passing in the East End.

Following Colin O’Brien’s Travellers’ Children in London Fields and The Gentle Author’s London Album, Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell is the third title from Spitalfields Life Books -and Faber Factory Plus (part of Faber & Faber) will distribute it to bookshops nationwide.

If you are willing to be an investor and help publish Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell, please drop me a line at and I will be delighted to send you further details. Additionally, you can support the publication of Brick Lane by pre-ordering copies here.




This is the first publication by Spitalfields Life Books in July 2013  Click here to buy a copy


This is the second publication by Spitalfields Life Books in October 2013  Click here to buy a copy


To invest in Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell please write to me The Gentle Author at and I will send you further details.

Click here to pre-order copies of Brick Lane


You may like to take a look at more pictures by Phil Maxwell

Phil Maxwell, Photographer

Phil Maxwell’s Brick Lane

Remembering Rose at the Golden Heart

The Cat Lady of Spitalfields

Phil Maxwell’s Kids on the Street

Phil Maxwell & Sandra Esqulant, Photographer & Muse

Phil Maxwell’s Old Ladies

More of Phil Maxwell’s Old Ladies

Phil Maxwell’s Old Ladies in Colour

Phil Maxwell on the Tube

Phil Maxwell at the Spitalfields Market

Phil Maxwell on Wentworth St

Follow Phil Maxwell’s blog Playground of an East End Photographer

3 Responses leave one →
  1. ROBERT GREEN permalink
    January 1, 2014

    Looking at some of the photos, it is astonishing to consider the content of this book only covers little more than the last 30 year’s, some of the images show scene’s of deprivation many people would normally associate with a much earlier period in time, this book is indeed an excellent source of reference to the changing face of this unique part of East London.

  2. January 1, 2014

    Some unique moments from a time, when I also have been in London Town. On my holidays!

    *** A happy New Year 2014! ***


  3. Neville Turner permalink
    January 1, 2014

    A very good collection of photo’s which cover unposed all sorts of people at leisure,work,and play good shot of Mike Myers turning the street organ,which in the past was a fixture in Brick Lane on a Sunday morning.

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