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Phil Maxwell Collection

Phil Maxwell CollectionAdministrative/Biographical History: Phil Maxwell has been photographing the East End of London since the early 1980’s. He is the photographer of Brick Lane – no-one has taken more pictures here over the last thirty years than he. And now his astonishing body of work stands unparalleled in the canon of street photography, both in its range and in the quality of human observation that informs these eloquent images. In its mutable nature, Brick Lane presents an ideal subject for photography – offering an endless source of fleeting moments, that expose a changing society within a changing environment. Since the early eighties, Phil Maxwell made it the focus of his life’s work to record this place, becoming the pre-eminent photographer of Brick Lane. Bishopsgate Institute is pleased to house the archive of Maxwell’s photography. We are in the process of digitising the entire collection that is international as well as a brilliant insight into the East End of London.

Scope and Content: c10,000 digital photographs and negatives by Phil Maxwell of the East End of London, street life in Liverpool, Labour politics and politicians and personal images, 1975-2013

Quantity: 6 Boxes

To view further images from the collection, visit Phil Maxwell's website or the Spitalfields Life blog.