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Colin O’ Brien

No one knows London like Colin O’Brien. It’s a rather bold statement, but O’ Brien’s 65 year career has earned him a reputation as one of the country’s foremost street photographers. An East End boy at heart, Colin developed a passion for photographing his surrounding Clerkenwell. His first set of images, a shot of his best friends Raymond Scallionne and Razi Tuffano standing in front of a car, suggests a self-assured style that was to define his career.

Colin’s expansive archive spans 65 years of exploring the city’s streets, sensitively narrating the seemingly mundane daily lives of his neighbours, passers by and long time friends. O’Brien’s unique style paints a picture of a rapidly changing London, whose many inhabitants make up the broad spectrum of cultures that make the city so unique.

Colin remains an active figure in London street photography, with regular contributions to Spitalfields Life magazine and Hackney Gazette. Those eager to get up close with his work can visit his regularly updated site.