Welcome to Brick Lane Life. My name is David Cantor and my connection with London's East End goes back to the 1860's when my great, great
grandfather was the lodging superintendent at the ill-fated Columbia Market. Fifty years later, my paternal grandparents arrived as immigrants and lived in and around Whitechapel. The feeling of being a 'part of it' is tangible and ties in neatly with my passion for photographing the parade that is Brick Lane.
There is a tradition to what I do, walking tentatively in the footsteps of illustrious practitioners such as Horace Warner, John Claridge,
Phil Maxwell, Colin O'Brien, Steven Berkoff, Marketa Luskacova and many others. At the time they documented, each in their unique style, they probably were not aware of their predecessors or their contemporaries. Today, we are much more fortunate.
I organised the RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year competition in 2014 and 2015 and staged a successful exhibition of the winning entries at The Rag Factory (follow link) in the heart of Brick Lane's Banglatown in November 2015. I give the occasional talk to photographic societies and clubs and in 2014, contributed to the publication costs of the book 'Spitalfields Nippers' featuring early 20th century photographs taken in the East End by Horace Warner
Much written about and photographed, Brick Lane and its people can fascinate. If it grabs you the same way, I've shared some book suggestions and links HERE