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Neil Martinson, Photographer

April 11, 2024
by the gentle author



Neil Martinson documented the working life of Hackney and the East End throughout the seventies and eighties. Neil was born and brought up in Hackney, where he started taking street scenes and became a founder member of the Hackney Flashers photography collective.

Cheshire St

Steve Manning

Ridley Rd Market

Brian Simons

Bethnal Green Rd

Tony Kyriakides

Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs

Brian Simons

Stoke Newington

Ridley Rd Market

Lew Lessen

Abney Park Cemetery

Photographs copyright © Neil Martinson

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  1. Andy permalink
    April 11, 2024

    Very very evocative

  2. April 11, 2024

    After looking at about 5000 images I found the perfect image for the front cover of my book Child Migrant Voices in Modern Britain – Oral Histories 1930s – Present Day published by Bloomsbury February 2024.

    It was by Neil Martinson of a multi-racial group of children arm in arm strolling to William Patten school in Stoke Newington in 1974. Perfect.

    Lots of East End stories

  3. Cherub permalink
    April 11, 2024

    The photos of the barbershop take me back about 60 years. When I was little my dad used to take me for a walk depending on his shift, he was a miner. Sometimes he’d stop at the barbers and I’d sit while he had his hair cut. I still remember the smells of all the lotions and potions and the barber singeing freshly cut hair to seal the ends.

  4. Mark permalink
    April 11, 2024

    The masses toil while the bosses water the workers beer. Something’s never change.
    Nice pics.

  5. April 12, 2024

    Great photos Neil and the GA. I love the two teacher photos – the first doing the job in the playground, and the second, campaigning for a better deal for children. I did the same. I protested against cuts ( and still do). Education is the great leveller – it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are from, come on in, sit down, and learn. Wonderful!

  6. P. Taylor permalink
    April 12, 2024

    Does anyone remember Taveners sweet factory at the end of Ridley
    Road market.

  7. glyn permalink
    April 13, 2024

    Great photos but struggling to work out what the street in Stoke Newington is. Looks like it was about to be demolished. There seems to be a slight hill up away from the camera but that isn’t helping my detective work! Nor can I remember a bakery called Thomas in Stoke Newington.

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