'A Portrait of Hackney' is an intimate look at the ever-changing face of Hackney: the complexity, the contradictions, the clash of cultures. Portraits and landscapes are set against overheard snippets of conversations from the area. Zed Nelson has lived his whole life in Hackney - it was here he learnt to ride a bike, took his first drugs and lost his virginity. When he was young this was a place to get away from but now he has fallen back in love with the area.
Zed Nelson gained international recognition as a documentary photographer working in some of the world’s most troubled areas. In recent years he has turned his focus on Western society to reflect on contemporary social issues. His work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery and resides in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Nelson lives and works in Hackney, East London. This is his third book.