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Photographer who captured the old East End is laid to rest

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:25 05 October 2010

A PHOTOGRAPHER known for capturing the old East End and famous artists has been laid to rest. Harry Diamond, who was born in the East End, died from a brain hemorrhage earlier this month a

By Else Kvist

A PHOTOGRAPHER known for capturing the old East End and famous artists has been laid to rest.

Harry Diamond, who was born in the East End, died from a brain hemorrhage earlier this month aged 85.

He started photographing buildings in 1969 after becoming upset about the disappearance of the East End he knew and the growing number of skyscrapers.

He then began photographing upcoming artists and became known for his portraits including those of painter Lucian Freud. Earlier he worked as a stage hand in the West End for 20 years.

Harry was buried at City of London Cemetery in Manor Park last Tuesday. His funereal cortege set off from his local pub, the Stepney's George Tavern on Commercial Road, near the Exmouth Estate where he lived until he was moved to a care home following a fall at his flat.

More friends joined the 40 strong congregation at the cemetery and later attended a wake at the pub.

His photographs are being donated to the National Portrait Gallery.

For more on his funeral see tomorrow's paper edition of the Advertiser

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