The People of Soho by Pete Zelewski

Over the weekend, I saw photographer Doug McKinley speak at the Destinations travel show in Earl’s Court. His advice to become a better photographer? Get in as close as possible and make a connection with your subject.

That immediately brought to mind one of my favourite London-based photographers, Pete Zelewski, because that’s exactly what he does. Pete has been working on a project since the beginning of 2011 to photograph the people of Soho, an area he sees as the true heart of Bohemian London.

He’s agreed to let me share some of his images here. The stories and descriptions below them are written Pete as well. These are a few of my favourites (though I love absolutely all of them!)

The People of Soho: Fashion Cognoscenti

Fashion designer Marisol in Lexington Street, Soho, Central London

The People of Soho: Ex Pistol

Former Sex Pistols bassist and current Philistine, it’s Glen Matlock in Bourchier Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Oh Carolina

Swedish retail assistant Carolina from American Apparel (and her sister Gabriella), Bridle Lane, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Design For life

Fashion student Leuti in Tisbury Court, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Metalhead

Heavy metal guitarist Henry in Goslett Yard, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Second Hand Chic

Vintage clothing retail assistant Sofia in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Tailor Made

London’s most iconic and influential tailor who has dressed countless celebrities including Paul Weller, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and the Kray twins. It’s the legendary Mark Powell in Lexington Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Jet Boy

Stylist Jet in Wardour Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Dream On

Full time dreamer Matilda in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Rose Tattoo

Stylist Kevin in St. Annes Court, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Legal Eagle

Entertainment lawer Angela in Fouberts Place, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Be Here Now

Music and drama student Bibi in Ingestre Place, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Soho Ink

Tattooist Yaz from Tattoo World, Greens Court, Soho, Central London.

Keep an eye on Pete’s Flickr page for more and to see the rest of the series.

Londoners: Jay

My favourite photographers tend to be the ones who can capture strangers on the street clearly and with an obvious connection. Pete Zewelski is certainly one of them. Here’s the latest contribution to the Flickr pool from Pete.

Hair Apparent

This is Jay taking a wander around Gerrard Street in Chinatown.

Londoners: Portraits by Pete Zelewski

Pete Zelewski was born in Detroit, but grew up in London where he moonlights as a photographer and works as a professional graphic designer during the day. From the stunning photos he added to the Flickr pool of these Londoners, he clearly has an incredible talent and I’m honoured to be able to share them with all of you.

Heart of gold
“Kind hearted Patrick strikes a pose in St. Martin’s Place, Central London.”

Dread Zone
“Manny keeping warm in Old Compton Street, Soho, Central London.”

Don't worry... be happy
“Cheery man smiling in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, South London.”