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London: The Photographic Atlas Hardcover – 6 Sep 2004
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'Drop heavy hints to Santa about London: The Photographic Atlas … a sublime book … an amazing labour of love' The Guardian
'Warning – don't buy this book! You will spend hours and hours, if not days and weeks, poring over its amazing detail. For lovers of London it is a must' Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
'A fascinating book … it contains all the passion of a great city … fun for all the family' Rowan Moore, Evening Standard
'Absolutely brilliant' Chris Tarrant, Capital Radio
The widely-acclaimed 'LONDON: The Photographic Atlas' has now got even better. With higher-resolution images and superscale coverage of important tourist sites, Greater London is now revealed from the air in unparalleled clarity and unsurpassed depth. The first edition of 'LONDON: The Photographic Atlas' combined stunning aerial photography with world-class cartography to create an unbeatable image of one of the world's greatest cities. Now, with central London completely re-flown at a higher scale, the city is presented with breathtaking sharpness. If you live in Greater London, you will be able to find your house and perhaps even your car and explore new neighbourhoods with a clarity and immediacy that will astonish you. But the second edition of this best-selling book goes even further. An all-new 16 page superscale section swoops even closer into major landmarks than has ever been possible before. Magnificent London sights and buildings, such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are presented in a level of close-up coverage that is simply outstanding in its detail.The London which the Photographic Atlas portrays is a living, changing mosaic. This new edition of the Photographic Atlas incorporates all the principal changes in the urban landscape since the last edition, showing the demolition of Wembley Stadium, all the changes in Docklands, and providing a visual catalogue of buildings which have sprung up, parks which have disappeared and much-loved vistas which have opened up or disappeared for ever. For Londoners and those who love the city, LONDON: the Photographic Atlas is a book of unique importance and stature. See all Product description
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In a nutshell, this book is an A-Z that is made up of colour aerial photographs rather than drawings.
So why is it so good?
Actually, I don't know. There is actually very little that seperates this from an A-Z, but there is a magic quality about this book. You just HAVE to look things up - your house, your mum's house, your friend's house. You want to know what the gardens of people down your street look like.
This book makes you feel like you have an American spy satellite over London. The short cuts you used to take are visible, even if they were through waste-ground.
You must buy this book on-line. Why? Simply because every copy I have ever seen in a book shop has been wrecked by every single passer-by being compelled to flick through it and look something up. And there are very few books like that.
It's big, heavy and a work of art. If you are paying under £45, its a bargain. Most people would pay twice that for a book of this quality and enduring appeal. It's a snapshot (literally) of what London looked like in 2000. Definetely something to keep for 50 years.
Nobody can resist opening this book and looking at it, guests, family members and friends all want to find something here. Buy, buy, buy.
Another quibble is that the copyright notices at the front of the book state 1994 for both photos and words. This might be construed to mean that the photos were *taken* in 2004. They weren't. As an example, in the photo of Victoria Railway Station the old bus station structure can clearly be seen. This was demolished in 2002.
The views are shown at different scales for Central and Outer London, but both provide adequate detail.
This will provide hours of 'fun' for anyone who has an interest in London.
Ideal present for loved one who is interested in London.
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