A picture says a thousand words. And selected photographs of a city can tell the whole history of the place.
London: Portrait Of A City By Reuel Golden Captions written by Barry Miles 555 pp 2,195 baht ISBN 978-3-8365-2877-1 Available at Asia Books
This book is a portrait of London. The remarkable history, social evolution, architecture, landmarks, streets, styles, fashion and deterioration of the city can be learned from the book.
Photographs of people and places around London portrayed in the book are sourced from archives around the world. Each photo comes with a brief explanation of the people, places, or landmark, that relate to its time.
The book is divided into five periods. Chapter 1 is The Monster City spanning from 1837 to 1901. Chapter 2 is Modern Times, covering 1902 to 1938. Chapter 3 is The Consequences of War, from 1939 to 1959. Chapter 4 is The Party and the Morning After, including 1960 to 1981. Chapter 5 is New Perspectives, which covers 1982 up until the present day.
The book is available in English, German, and French.
The last London tram arrived at the New Cross depot in the early hours of July 6, 1952, having been delayed for three hours by the cheering Londoners who surrounded it along the route from Woolwich, 1952. (By anonymous)
Soulless, inhuman, Soviet-style housing in Old Kent Road. Many of these 1960s monstrosities have since been pulled down, 1970. (By Tony Ray-Jones)
Television frontman, satirist and interviewer David Frost gathers newspapers to use in his weekly show, 1968. (By Terence Spencer)
In London, you pay for your taxi ride after you get out, 1929. (By anonymous)
A well-dressed Mick Jagger poses in front of his James Bond Aston Martin, 1966. (By Gered Mankowitz)
Many of the buildings in Aldgate were survivors of the Great Fire of 1666, some with cellars going back to the 13th century. Most have now been demolished, 1883. (By Henry Dixon)
Offcuts and offal, sold as cat and dog meat, were often the only meat that poor people could afford and were used to make nourishing stews and soups. This narrow shop was squeezed onto Bishop’s Bridge, spanning the railway tracks at Paddington, 1935. (By Wolf Suschitzky)
About the author
- Writer: Sirinya Wattanasukchai