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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711232512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711232518
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Johnny Stiletto has a wonderful body of candid street photography work, much of it shot in London during the 1980s. Some iconic moments are captured here; flickering glimpses from a turbulent time in our history. (Eclectica)

The kind of photography book you can have on your lap, in bed or even in the bath, if you were so cavalier. There is something pleasantly intimate about the experience of possessing these images. (Let Them Eat Cake)

An intriguing look at an often derided decade. (Amateur Photographer)

A metropolitan rake's progress through the palpitating heart of a city around which a whole country, and culture, pivoted… This is a little gem of a photo book. Snap it up. (Guardian)

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Johnny Stiletto. Well known for his intimate, socially revealing black and white street shots. A collection of his photographs is in the Tate Gallery, London. His TV work includes documentaries and commercials. Stiletto’s photograph of Francis Bacon on the London Underground was reputedly Bacon’s favourite photograph of himself.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan-ok on 16 Feb. 2012
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Was looking forward to seeing images from my teens and early twenties, all I got was blurred pictures and a seemingly endless fascination with the bottom half of bodies. This isn't street photography, anyone could do a lot better with their mobile phone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on 15 Mar. 2013
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As a Londoner who grew up in the 70s and 80s and spent my teen years roaming the streets of London with my mates this book brings back great memories. OK, I can see why some people wont like the "shot from the hip" style but this does not apply to a lareg amount of the book as there are many and varied candids.

Its a nice and quirky addition to my photography library and as a photographer who frequently shoots in London, it reminds me of why I love the city so much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Just William on 14 Oct. 2011
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Need to give this a bit more time before deciding if it's a worthy addition to my bookshelf of if it's going back. First, there is no information about the photographer as he uses a pseudonym. Neither is there any technical information about the photographs. According to the recent Daily Telegraph review of this book, the photographer took around 100,000 images through the decade that was the 1980's. Presumably, these are the best of them. If I had accomplished a similar feat (and all credit to the photographer for doing so), I'd be disappointed. I love good street photography and enjoy the nostalgia of seeing how much has changed or disappeared altogether - fashion, transport, signage, shop fronts and so on. But it is, of course, capturing those fleeting, spontaneous moments that is the real art. This is not a large book, measuring about 8" x 7" and the reproduction quality is quite good. It's also true to say that the photographer has managed to capture some good images though I question the technical quality of many of them. Most of the photos seem to be 'grabbed' with little thought for planning or composition. Of course, street photography is often like that, but look at the work of a photographer who has really mastered this art and it's in another league. What perplexes me most about these images is the number of them that exhibit blur due to camera shake or are just out of focus. I'm not saying every good street photograph has to be razor sharp, far from it, but there are countless examples of great street photography by unpublished amateurs all over the web which can stand head and shoulders above this work, particularly if this represents the cream of 100,000 images.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Edwards on 15 Oct. 2011
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Anyone who has ever tried street photography will recognise the style and limitations. The author's words add to the enjoyment for anyone, like me, who lived and worked around London in the 1980's.
Johnny Stiletto's previous book, 'Shot From The Hip' is out of print [why?] and used copies sell for around £[] on Amazon.[Ah! That's why!] and I wonder how many critics of the man have actually published their own books of photographs? A four year old can take passable pictures with a modern point 'n' shoot digital device but it takes a real adult to use 35mm cameras with panache.
Interesting to note that the Lomography movement now advocate shooting from the hip ... ie. without using the viewfinder ... as a creative expedient. They also encourage 35mm film photography.
A search engine will throw up numerous sites about this book ... his publisher and PR person sure did a good job on this ... so you have no excuse for not knowing what you are buying. I enjoyed and am enjoying it. I deducted one star 'cos I dislike people who hide behind pseudonyms suggesting that they lack the courage of their convictions or, they could be closet criminals. Love the name Johnny Stiletto 'tho - straight out of Micky Spillane, Hank Janson or even Ellery Queen. Ah, those were the days. They don't write 'em like that, or this, any more! If you are into retro, candid photography, buy it and then be inspired to go walkabout with your camera.
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By P. Clark on 13 Jan. 2015
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Having read a copy of the fantastic "Shots from the hip" by the same author I was hoping for more of the same in "Vintage 80s: London Street Photography". Unfortunately it was a disappointment. The witty narrative which accompanies each and every photo in "Shots from the hip" is missing from the new book and as a result it's just a bit dull.
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