LONDON E8 4PH

E8 4PH London refers to the postcode in an area known as Broadway Market in London's East End. I moved to the area in 2002 from Shoreditch, because at the time it was the most affordable area, closest to the centre of London. I also happened to know a friend whose father owned a gallery there, which is how I first came across it.

Shortly after moving in I began photographing the people I met or came across in my daily life. In about 2004 I noticed the market changing rapidly. We all did. There was considerable real estate development of abandoned buildings, and as new shops moved in, new faces came. The rapid “regeneration” of the area meant that many long-standing members of the local community were unable to benefit from or participate in many of the new developments.

Eventually I made a series aimed to create an inclusive, participatory and representative picture of this rapidly changing community. I frequently photographed members of the community on the street and in buildings around the market. In February 2006, I set up a ‘photo booth” on the Saturday market day to document the people who live, work in, or visit the area. I also approached people in the streets, shops and parks of the area. To date this venture has documented over 500 people.