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Phil Maxwell’s East End Dreams

February 27, 2020
by the gentle author

Cheshire St Cafe

Phil Maxwell no longer lives in the East End, which has been the primary subject of his work as a photographer in recent decades. Between 1982 and 2015, when he left, Phil took more photographs of Brick Lane than anyone else and now he returns regularly from his new home in Liverpool to keep up with the old neighbourhood. Yet Phil stills dreams of the East End, as his new haunted images reveal, revisiting his classic black and white photographs from the eighties with emotive painterly colour.

Joan Lauder, Cat Lady of Spitalfields, outside Christ Church

On Brick Lane

Under Brick Lane railway bridge

Trolley lady on Sclater St

Trolley lady on Vallance Rd

On Brick Lane

On Brick Lane

In Grimsby St

On Brick Lane

On Brick Lane

On Brick Lane

On Roman Rd

In Whitechapel Rd

On Brick Lane

In Swanfield St

In Swanfield St

On Brick Lane

On Brick Lane

In Cheshire St

Photographs copyright © Phil Maxwell

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 27, 2020

    Great images! And the colours and drawn textures really add something extra special.

  2. penny gardner permalink
    February 27, 2020

    Why did he move to Liverpool?
    Should have kept the straight photos …mixed media dilutes and messes.
    Not so gentle.

  3. Jo N permalink
    February 27, 2020

    Is that Pete Doherty in the background in the second On Brick Lane..? They did live on Teesdale St!

  4. February 27, 2020

    Phil Maxwell is clearly the master of Photography. Now — he’s conquering Mixed Media.
    I love the juxtapositions and placements in this series — and the color absolutely pops. A
    really effective expansion upon his already-great work. Well-done.

  5. Saba permalink
    February 29, 2020

    Please tell us more about the technique. This looks like a printing technique based on photograph, but I don’t know that much about printing. Would love to read more.

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