East London Portfolio: Cafe Society

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“Everywhere you went, you would find a cafe where you could go in and get a bacon sarnie and a cup of tea ... they were not fancy restaurants but you could always rely on getting a cuppa and a sandwich."

Excerpt taken from an interview with gentle author, Spitalfields Life, who first published these photographs.
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Commercial Cafe, Commercial Rd,1965

Pepsi, Narrow St, 1963
"I just love these graphics, and when you see it you hope it’s not going to go."

Boxing managers at Terry Lawless' Gym, E16, 1969.

Windsor Cafe, 1982.

Windsor Cafe, 1982
"As I walked past the Windsor Cafe, I looked back and saw 'Snack Bar or Cafe', Genius!"

The Wall, 1961
"We were all seventeen. At weekends we'd go down Southend.
Peter on the left, his sister was going out with Georgie Fame."

7Up, Spitalfields, 1967.

Michael Ferrier, Breaker’s Yard, E16, 1975
"He looks like the artful dodger"

Alfie Ferrier, Breaker’s Yard, E16, 1975
"Michael’s father was sitting inside the hut with his little wood-burner,
where he had his cup of tea and a cigarette."

Victory Cafe, Hackney Rd, 1963
"This was very early, they’d just delivered the sack of potatoes."

Ted, Cheshire St 1967
"This made me laugh, it's his wardrobe in the background hanging there.
It's as if he's about to burst into song or something!"

Scrap, Brick Lane, 1966.

78b, Spitalfields 1967
"You remember the lady in the kiosk? This is her with her friend."

Spitalfields 1963
"Just a chap standing with his eyes closed.
He looked content and I didn't want to disturb him"

Father Bill Shergold, founder of 59 Club, at Southend
"I met him at the 59 Club to say hello. And someone wanted me to do a portrait
for a charity thing, so I said, 'Absolutely, we'll get him down to Southend'."

Cafe under a railway arch, E1, 1968.

Isle of Dogs, 1970s
"This couple with the four kids lived in that tiny caravan. I did this picture
for a charity to make people aware of poor living conditions"

Hot Pies, E2, 1982
"It makes you think twice whether you would eat one of their hot pies"

Under the Light, Puma Court, Spitalfields, 1970
"Two of my ex-brother-in-laws with Santi, a Spaniard who became a squash
champion – we were on the way to the pub. Keith was working at the
Truman Brewery in Brick Lane at the time and I had a studio in the City,
so I said, 'I'll meet you after work for a drink'."

Dog, Wapping
"This was taken for anti-litter campaign and the headline was
'You foul the pavement more than he does'."

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