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London Street Photography: 1860 – 2010
Mike Seaborne and Anna Sparham

London Street Photography (1860 - 2010) Dewi Lewis Publishing

London Street Photography (1860 - 2010) Dewi Lewis PublishingLondon Street Photography: 1860 – 2010
Dewi Lewis Publishing

Edited by Mike Seaborne and Anna Sparham.


120 pages
220 x 247 mm
ISBN 9781907893032


Street photography thrives in London today. It documents the movement, diversity and seeming incoherence of the most multicultural city in the world. Its defining characteristic is the keen eye of the photographer catching the moment of a chance encounter, a fleeting expression or a momentary juxtaposition in a decisive click. However, photographing life on London’s streets is nothing new. The first ‘instantaneous’ London street scenes were taken in the early 1860s, and by the 1890s candid street photographers were snapping Londoners unawares. The 20th century saw many photographers, famous and lesser-known, continue to capture the daily life of London.

London Street Photography showcases the Museum of London’s unique historic collection of photographs. It contains the work of more than seventy photographers and is a fascinating view of London street life of the last 150 years. It includes the work of well-known photographers such as Paul Martin, John Thomson, Humphrey Spender, Bert Hardy, László Moholy-Nagy, Roger Mayne and Tony Ray-Jones as well as the work of many anonymous photographers whose contribution has been just as important in recording the story of the city. The book includes an introduction by Mike Seaborne, in which he outlines the history of street photography in the Capital, exploring the shifts in approach as well as the impact of new cameras that allowed photographers to capture the wealth of detail to be found in London’s teeming streets.

About the Editors
Mike Seaborne has spent 40 years photographing London, capturing the transition and development across the capital during that time of rapid change . He began photographing the city in 1979 after having been appointed Curator of the Historic Photographs Collection at the Museum of London and during the 1980s he worked on a series of documentary photographs of the Isle of Dogs both before and during its redevelopment. This series was published by Hoxton Mini Press in 2018 – ‘The Isle of Dogs Before the Big Money’ – and is the second book in their ‘Vintage Britain’ series.

Anna Sparham is a curator and artist working as National Curator of Photography at the National Trust.

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