The real East Enders – in pictures

By Stacee Smith

Maryam Eisler scoured the streets of east London for colourful, interesting characters to photograph for her book Voices: East London (TransGlobe and Thames & Hudson £28). From a retired gangster to a pearly queen – and more established personalities, such as drag artist Jonny Woo – Eisler found many of her subjects by word of mouth or by chance on the street. Many have become lasting friends. “There's a great sense of camaraderie in east London, and it's a fertile ground for creativity,” says Eisler. “Even despite gentrification, you still have a sense of community and unique thinking. People here have this incredible ability to reinvent themselves: they embrace change, like chameleons.”

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