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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in ARTICLES

London Images: The Red Phone Box

London Images: The Red Phone Box

Red phone boxes: unmistakably British and another image irrevocably linked to London.  We might not have so many of them now but those that still exist are a cherished part of the fabric of London streets, brightening up the bleakest day with their cherry-coloured livery and familiar shape. The red telephone box was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and adorns the streets of Bermuda, Gibraltar and Malta as well as former British colonies – and, of course, London. Red was used to make the phone boxes easy to spot and the kiosk came about as the result of a competition to make the rather uglier K1 telephone kiosk acceptable to the London Metropolitan Boroughs. The Fine Arts Commission elected for Gibert Scott’s design because it was in the classical style and topped by a dome reminiscent of those designed by Sir John Soane. Gilbert Scott was a trustee of the Sir John Soane’s Museum and was clearly influenced by the neo-classical architect although his original design called...

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in ARTICLES

Quintessential London Images

Quintessential London Images

There are certain London images which are quintessential: red buses, black cabs, men in bowler hats, as well as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. At Photographer London we like to capture the old and the new; to juxtapose contemporary cool with the evergreen, but this particular shot stands out because it does all of that for us and more. Take a cursory look at it and you see an old-school businessman complete with bowler hat and pinstripes alongside a guard sporting a traditional bearskin.  Look harder and you can make out the policeman toting an automatic weapon, a legacy of the war against terror that even now rages on London’s streets – albeit in typically British low-key manner – and that affected us so appallingly on July 7 2005. The London bombings, horrific as they were, hit a city that had already seen off the IRA as well as the Luftwaffe. We may have been shocked and stunned but Londoners carried on, refusing to give in...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in ARTICLES

London Images: Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

London Images: Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

  Thousands lined the streets of London today for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and, of course, we at Photographer London were there to catch the drama as it unfolded. Except there wasn’t too much drama, only a sombre procession that wound through the city the Iron Lady presided over for more than a decade. The expected protests were low-key at best – the spectators a motley crowd of die-hard Conservatives, gawpers, immigrants, Falklands veterans and here and there the gentlemen in blazers, roses in buttonholes, who personify the stereotypical Thatcher worshipper. Most stood quietly, clapping politely as the cortege passed and sharing their thoughts on how Margaret Thatcher made Britain a better place for them. Some believed her second only to Churchill and were grateful for the chance she had given them to own their own homes. Others felt she had made their jobs more secure or had inspired them to achieve more than they would otherwise. Then there were those who felt that Thatcher had divided Britain – and...

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