Photographer Maryam Eisler's Guide to East London
The Iranian-born photographer explores the city's legendary culture mecca with a studied eye.
In Voices East London, (TransGlobe Publishing and Thames and Hudson, 2017) Iranian-born, Paris-raised photographer Maryam Eisler captured the people and places that still make East London–despite decades of gentrification–the city’s cultural mecca. Today Eisler lives in West London (which she acknowledges is “more sanitized, more clinical and of course more commercial”), she spent the better part of two years in the streets, studios, shops, and cafes of the vibrant East End, drawn by its tension between “glitz and grit,” as she put it. Now, she returns at least once a week. She shares with DEPARTURES her favorite people and places and explains why East London’s thriving multiculturalism is the model we need for today.