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Well-known East End photographer dies

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 05 October 2010

The late Harry Diamond

The late Harry Diamond

A well-known photographer who captured the changing landscape of London s East End and its people has died aged 85. Harry Diamond who was born in the East End died from a brain hemorrhage at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone last Wednesday. He starte

A well-known photographer who captured the changing landscape of London's East End and its people has died aged 85.

Harry Diamond who was born in the East End died from a brain hemorrhage at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone last Wednesday.

He started photographing East End buildings in the 1960s before they were torn down after becoming upset about the many disappearing buildings.

He then began taking pictures of East End people and artists, and became well known in the West End where he mingled with jazz musicians and other artists.

But he chose to continue to stay in the East End where he lived on Stepney's Exmouth Estate.

His close friend, landlady at the George Tavern, Pauline Forster, said: "He was a very interesting and extremely bright man with a good sense of humour. He was a gifted photographer, and although he was a fiercely independent man and a bit of a loner he had a lot of good friends in the pub and was well liked by customers.

He was a 'people person' even though he was a private man."

All his photographs have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery.


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