East End Photography

An exceptional collection of black and white photographs which capture the history and spirit of East London, curated by The Hackney Emporium and handpicked from Getty Images’ archives. From chimney sweepers to market traders, from pearlies to gangsters and factory workers, the people of London’s East End have long inspired photographers attempting to capture the diverse life of the city on film. The selection of historical photographs we curated tells a story that spans over almost a century (1900-1979), mapping out the everyday life of children and grown-ups alike on the streets, the squares, the factories that made 20th-century East London the cultural hotbed we know today.