Anarchists and fascists, yuppies and Rambos, eels and mash – Dalston in the 1980s was a world apart from the New York fashion scene – but when photographer Andrew Holligan made the unexpected move from the US to East London, he found a humanity on the streets that changed him and his art forever.

Now available in a book, which combines a personal narrative,Thatcher’s Britain and incredible haircuts, the black and white series was shot with a 1950s Rolleiflex and gives us a glimpse into the lives of numerous characters Andrew happened to meet during his two years spent living in Dalston.

Of course, Andrew has worked all over the place as a photographer – from the Alaskan Tundra in the north to the Australian deserts in the south. Now he lives down a secluded country lane surrounded by ancient woodland from where he supplies London restaurants with foraged wild fungi. But before this, he spent the best part of fifteen years living in Hackney, immersing himself in its vibrant art scene.

You can pre-order a copy of his book, Dalston in the ’80s, via Hoxton Mini Press, and it will ship in early March.

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Author: Katy Cowan

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