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London. Portrait of a City Paperback – 10 Aug 2013
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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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Treat yourself or drop heavy hints for a Christmas present.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must have book for all London lovers, nice pictures inside
The book arrived wrapped in a thin layer of brown paper without any protection underneath at all.
delivered within time estimate and product as advertised. Happy with purchase.Published 7 months ago by Chris Leman
I read in a buyer's review that there was a big difference in size between the soft and the hard cover, so I ordered the hard-cover one. It is massive and weights a ton. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Francoise Steel