The Times Picture Collection LONDON: A Celebration in Photographs

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This title presents a photographic portrait of this London, which captures the changing face of the capital through the 20th century. Long gone are the days when being a Londoner meant being born within the sound of Bow Bells. London as a city, a place in which to live and work, has attracted peple from all over the country and all over the world, giving it possibly the most ethnically diverse population of any city worldwide. Architecturally, London has undergone two catastrophic changes that have changed its skyline forever. One was the Great Fire of London, which gave the city the basic shape that it had at the beginning of the 20th century; the other was the Blitz - photographs from before and after the war show an enormous amount of change. Forty years later came the less traumatic but almost as widescale changes wrought by the Thatcherite spending spree in the City and Docklands during the 1980s, and the picture of London towards the end of the 20th century was one of accelerating change.

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London has inspired poets, painters, filmmakers, and writers, but it is the day–to–day lives of its inhabitants that make the city what it is—lives recorded daily by newspapers. These images—the majority from THE TIMES’ photographic archives—were taken over a 90–year period by an enormous team of photographers. They were not intended to depict London at its most beautiful or its most historic—rather, they are press photographs, and together they form a kaleidoscope of gritty, down–to–earth images that chronicle nearly a century of city life. “Like the Thames, the mighty city never stands still. It can only be captured in snapshots. But on these pages, it has been captured by some of the best snappers in the business.”

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Ian Harrison had three careers before turning to writing -- working as a theatre lighting designer, as a fish wrangler for a German advertising agency, and as Scenic Supervisor in Europe's largest television studio. He then downed tools and picked up a pen, first as a researcher for television documentaries and then as an author. He has worked on two other titles for Times Books, and this is his fifth book on the subject of London.

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