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Voices: East London

Author & Photographer: Maryam Eisler
Flexi-cover, 25 x 18.5 cm, 416pp.
With over 450 photographs

From the Huguenots in the seventeenth century, Irish silk weavers in the late 1700s and East European Jews at the turn of the twentieth century through to recent immigrants from South-east Asia, East London has been shaped by a multicultural reality closely linked to a unique spirit of creative enterprise. Over the last thirty years in particular, the area has been transformed from a crumbling no-go area on the fringe of the nation’s capital into a cluster of hip neighbourhoods buzzing with creative energy where a wide range of communities have come together.

East London’s vibrancy is at the forefront of Greater London’s evolving persona, a lynchpin reinforcing the city’s international reputation for creativity and diversity. Having spearheaded the UK’s biggest population rise over the past decade, the area has well and truly moved beyond its old Dickensian aura. Voices: East London reveals its thriving kaleidoscope of visual geography by means of dynamic interviews and striking new photography. Covering Shoreditch to Bethnal Green, Hackney Central to Clapton, Hoxton to Haggerston, Stoke Newington to Dalston, Whitechapel to Aldgate, Mile End to Limehouse, and Hackney Wick to Bow, the book features eighty creative personalities across genders, cultures and generations, all of whom have made the area their home. Voices gives the reader insight into the lifestyle of such leading designers, film-makers and fashion personalities but also; Gilbert & George, Sue Webster, and Langlands & Bell alongside Pop artist Philip Colbert. Also featured are cultural leaders including long-time resident Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts; Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery; Maureen Paley, pioneering gallerist; Catherine Lampert, an iconic figure in the art world; East End royalty, DJ and author Princess Julia; and Daniel Lismore, the ‘UK’s most flamboyant dresser and designer’. And let’s not forget Nick Jones, founder of the phenomenally successful Shoreditch House, culinary trailblazers David Waddington and Pablo Flack of Bistrotheque, and restaurateur Mark Hix, plus such LGBTQ figureheads as Jonny Woo and Lyall Hakaraia. And what about the new generation of tech wizards like Google Campus head Sarah Drinkwater or TV and radio presenter George Lamb? Eccentrics also have a look-in, among them pataphysicist Viktor Wynd and the Queen of Spitalfields, numero uno networker and raconteur Sandra Esquilant
of The Golden Heart pub.

Voices: East London connects the dots around the creative perspectives that make London’s East End unique while providing colourful glimpses into its past. The book places the area among Europe’s pre-eminent ‘creative ghetto’ communities with a future that may well determine the capital’s cultural direction. Voices captures the area’s unique out-of-the box spirit at a time of political and economic uncertainty, with Brexit, immigration and the refugee crisis, and the growth of populist politics gripping the public imagination.

Voices: East London by Maryam Eisler, with contributions by Gilbert & George and Jonny Woo. Previous publications from TransGlobe Publishing include London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City (2015), Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces (2013) and Sanctuary: Britain’s Artist and Their Studios (2012).


Author & Photographer
Maryam Eisler holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has had executive editorial roles on several publications including Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios, Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces and London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City. Eisler is co-chair of Tate’s MENAAC, a member of the Tate International Council, a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and sits on the advisory board for Photo London. Maryam’s photography is represented by London-based gallery Tristan Hoare.

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