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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (10 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836545160
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836545167
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The editor: Reuel Golden graduated in politics from the University of Sussex, England, and is the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and executive editor at Photo District News. He has edited on titles including both New York and London Portrait of a City, Her Majesty and Harry Benson. The Beatles.


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Taschen always produce good product and this is no exception. A massive book packed with amazing photographs, printed full page so they can be examined in great detail. Provides a real visual history of our London, and an informative text.
Treat yourself or drop heavy hints for a Christmas present.
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There have been many photo books on London but this one is in a class of its own. The range of images, the quality of reproduction, the elegant lay-out, the smart photo captions, the plethora of clever quotes from books and films, make this an amazing visual history of London. The Victorian and Edwardian images, many in colour, work beautifully on the big page. The range of subject matter is marvellous: 510 large pages covering architecture, social life, infrastructure, immigration, politics, law, finance, popular culture and sub-cultures. The photos of the royal family and state occasions are often from subversive angles. My one small regret is there is nothing from Erwin Fieger's beautifully photographed 1962 book, "London - city of any dream".
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An amazing selection of photographs: from a superb range of photographers using an array of styles in different eras. Each picture evokes the photographer's individual view of the City, whilst at the same time evoking a view that is recognisable - whether from experience, or film. I'm a Londoner - and I know how difficult it is to show everything that London was, is, and can be - its range of beauty, the different lives lived within the City, the ongoing life of a living, breathing place. A brilliant book.
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A well-chosen selection of photos of London from the earliest days of photography to the early 2000s covering all aspects - people, places, buildings, transport, etc. In most cases the captions include photographer, location and year.

I was knowingly getting the much cheaper small paperback but a warning to those who may not have noticed: you can see from the page count that the paperback edition, as well as being a reduced height and width, has only about a third of the pages compared to the hardback edition.

At the time I write this there is nothing in the general description to make this clear, and also many reviews that mention the size of the sumptuous hardback have been copied over to the paperback as if they are the same book.

They are not - ensure you buy the one that meets your needs.
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Where do you start in understanding a great city? London's greatness is one of the more elusive to portray in images. The timeline adopted by this superb new collection of photos may be the only way of getting to grips with London's stages of development and its unchanging character. The story begins with a boy in a cloth cap. He is eyeing the camera as horse carts and a sailship disappear in the fog. It's an image that shows how close Dickens was to capturing the likeness of his subject. Moving on, you pass alleyways that, except for the bowler hats of the pedestrians, could be moments from the present day.

As colour brings you into the 20th century, buses trace the red familiar flow of London's transport. Images of the Thames reappear like dreary or visionary scenes from a dream. History is in the making in the photos of London at war, or is commemorated in the many scenes of pageantry. A good third of the book traces the story of London's 60s glory, through the following decline, and up to the final resurgence of the City in icy glass and steel.

The book presents the great photographers and their famous subjects. Bill Brandt's masterpiece portrays a woman with movie-perfect hair, blissfully asleep, as outside searchlights cross the sky in the hunt for bombers. And then we are into the historic present with Harry Benson and Rankin. For those of us born in the city, this book provides a chance to reflect on personal histories; for visitors, a monumental introduction.
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This was a present for my husband - we were both born in London - and he is very pleased with it. He says it is full of interesting items, with good pictures. It is rather large, but we have several bookcases and it easily fits into the largest one. It was very good value for money, being the cheapest option found on the internet. If you are a Londoner, or interested in Londonl, it's a wonderful book.
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Format: Hardcover
Taschen's London weighs and feels like a small paving slab - that is not hyperbole but the literal truth - and is also trilingual in presentation (English French and German) but so cleverly done that it does not annoy you in any way. As other reviewers have said, the photographs are stunning and the range of insights compelling. As coffee table books go (and you need a sturdy coffee table for this one) it does not leave you bored. Some of the historical insights are truly fascinating, but having read a lot of books on both London and photography, what really pleased me was how little of the material was familiar - most was new to me. A great book and at a very good price.
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London is a city always in transformation, and this book offers a great series of images of London in its various guises over the years. Always a city of great scale, the book also offers glimpses of the smaller stories in London in the past century plus of photography. Like the Berlin book before it, this is full of personality too, like a Ray Davies lyric come to life. Strongly recommended.London. Portrait of a City
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