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David Hoffman’s East End

February 22, 2023
by the gentle author

David Hoffman undertook a significant body of photography documenting the East End in the seventies and eighties that I plan to publish this year as a book entitled, A PLACE TO LIVE, Endurance & Joy in Whitechapel, accompanied by a major photographic exhibition at House of Annetta in Spitalfields.

I believe David’s work is such an important social document, distinguished by its generous humanity and aesthetic flair, that I must publish a collected volume. I have a growing list of supporters for this project now, so if you share my appreciation of David’s photography and might consider supporting this endeavour, please drop me a line at

“I took these photographs thirty to forty years ago – they are all from the East End, mostly around Whitechapel and Spitalfields.

I was born in the East End, but my parents’ upward mobility whisked me out to suburbia and it was only in my twenties that I gravitated back to my roots. I was immediately entranced by the atmosphere of joy and dilapidation. It was the spirit of the people you see in these pictures that lifted my spirits and showed me the direction which my career has followed ever since.David Hoffman




Photographs copyright © David Hoffman

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. February 22, 2023

    Pictures that speak. Splendid.

  2. February 22, 2023

    For photography, you need a sense for the right detail and for the perfect moment — David Hoffman undoubtedly had both. Great photo moments.

    Love & Peace

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