Photographer's Note

Brick Lane can be found in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London. It is the centre of the Bangladeshi-Sylheti community. Brick Lane was once known for its brick and tile manufacturing but by the 17th century was being developed for much needed housing. Brewing came to the area at about the same time, with water taken from deep wells. Notably Benjamin Truman established the Black Eagle Brewery there.

In the 19th Century Irish and Ashkenazi Jews settled in the area. Indeed, the famous Sunday market, which still exists, dates from a dispensation given to the Jewish community because there were no Sunday markets because of the Christian observance of the Sabbath. In the 20th Century the majority of immigrants were Bangladeshis.

The Brick Lane Market selling a range of goods as well as excellent street food, is a very vibrant event every Sunday and is the heart of a regenerated art and fashion area. It is world-famous for its graffiti which can be found extensively in the area.

We came across this couple twice during our few hours photographing the area and the second time managed a quick snap of them. Although I have desaturated the BG the clothes really were that colour!

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