Humans of Canalside is a collective portrait told through photographs, stories and short films.

Residents of Canalside tell the story of the estates to each other and to you: stories about the past, present and future, noting small things as well as big issues, stories of ‘home’ and elsewhere, about dreams, mixed memories, loves, fears and diverse ways of living on the estates.

Humans of Canalside is inspired by the original Humans of New York but differs in its participatory approach by involving communities living on the Canalside Estate in Hackney, London in the photographing and creative storytelling process.

Workshops and mentoring programmes with individuals and different groups include photography and interviewing skills focusing on what it means to live everyday on Canalside. We’re working closely with the Canalside Residents Association, the Metropolitan Housing Team, and with local businesses and community groups.

This activity is led by Hackney photographer, Marcia Chandra, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts and Shoreditch Trust as part of the Everyday on Canalside project.

For more, contact Marcia at 07854638302 or email





Join our workshops at the Whitmore Community Centre every Saturday!

We are inviting residents of all ages to come join us to produce their own stories about Canalside Estates using photography, video, maps and interviews. You will be working with Marcia Chandra, a Haggerston-based visual […]

Come visit our Storybooth and have your portrait taken at the Hoxton Fun Palace this weekend!

The Humans of Canalside team will be bringing their pop-up storytelling photo-booth to the Hoxton Fun Palace this Saturday, October 4th, from 11am to 3pm.

We will be inviting anyone that has a connection with Canalside […]

Mentoring young photographers from Youth of Haggerston

Photo by Marcia Chandra

In June, Humans of Canalside started working with Youth of Haggerston to mentor some young Canalside residents in the ‘photobooth’ interview process. After a workshop with several members of the youth club, […]