Samuel Johnson famously said that: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” London’s remarkable history, architecture, landmarks, streets, style, cool, swagger, and stalwart residents are pictured in hundreds of compelling photographs sourced from a wide array of archives around the world in this limited artist edition. In addition to the wealth of images included in this book, many previously unpublished, London’s history is told through hundreds of quotations, lively essays, and references from key movies, books, and records. This limited edition is accompanied by a print of the iconic Piccadilly Circus by the photographer Elmar Ludwig.
The book draws images from the archives of numerous renowned photographers including Eve Arnold, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Terence Donovan, Nadav Kander, Martin Parr and Linda McCartney. Celebrating the diversity of the city, the book highlights the city's development from the Victorian era to the present day, through the Second World War and the Swinging Sixties through to the 1980s and the Olympics in 2012. The books cover is designed by Paul Smith, whose style has become synonymous with the city itself.
Multilingual edition: English, French, German Edition of 500 Clothbound hardcover in clamshell box, 552pp Book size: 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches / 25 x 34 cm
Print: Elmar Ludwig, Piccadilly Circus, archival pigment print, signed by the artist