Snapping the streets

Next month, the Museum of London launches the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to photography which captures the streets of London.

From Sepia-toned scenes of horse-drawn carriages bobbing along stone cobbled streets to snaps of dogs posing in front of Big Ben – yes, we particularly liked that one, the exhibition aims to document everyday life on the streets of London between 1860 and 2011.

by Henry Grant, 1967 (c) Henry Grant Collection, Museum of London
by Henry Grant, 1967 (c) Henry Grant Collection, Museum of London

The more than 200 image-strong show features work by Paul Martin (who cheekily captured Londoners off guard by disguising his camera as a parcel), freelance photojournalist Henry Grant, celebrity photographer Nils Jorgensen and Paul Trevor, who moved to Brick Lane in London’s Tower Hamlets in 1970 and photographed the street every day for ten years.

For anybody interested in social change, London’s history and even transport in the capital, the exhibition will prove a fascinating insight into how London – and photographic technology – has changed over the past 150 years.

by Lutz Dille, c.1961(c) The Estate of Lutz Dille, Museum of London
by Lutz Dille, c.1961(c) The Estate of Lutz Dille, Museum of London

London Street Photography runs 18 February – 4 September at Museum of London, 150 London Wall,
London EC2Y.

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