Mr Boris Bennett was born in Poland in 1900 and arrived in the East End of London 22 years later. Here he realised his lifelong ambition of becoming a photographer. Over the next 30 years he established himself and his studio as a pillar of east London’s Jewish community.
In conjunction with the photo book published by Hoxton Mini Press, this online project aims to portray the life, times and characters that passed through the Boris studios from the late 1920’s up to the mid-1950’s.
We hope that these iconic photographs with their individual stories together with memorabilia will convey some of the mood, hopes and aspirations of east London at that time.
Please note
As of Summer 2018 this online Boris resource will be archived and a few of the website’s original features will no longer be active. You can still browse the wonderful collection of photographs but we will no longer be asking for submissions.

A huge thank you to anyone that made a contribution and for taking an interest in our project. If you’re still interested in the book do please check out our publishers the Hoxton Mini Press
Thank you.