The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950  2010

The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950
The Wonderful Story of London Editions 1 & 2 1936 | 1950

In the post-war edition, some photographs have been retaken to show damage from The Blitz (e.g. 'Criminal Court'). Others have been retaken to present a more contemporary, formal style of photography (e.g. Thames House) and some to show a more modern London (e.g. Heath Row (sic)). Surprisingly, the text accompanying these images remains unaltered.

 The cuts I make respond to the images very specifically. They are necessarily geometric and function to preserve as much of the image as possible: because the images are folded to project upwards all of both images can be simultaneously present. This is very important in my thinking about the universal now - the simultaneous presence of two moments in time - plus the time for the viewer.

Individual titles of work in series: 

The Monument (London’s Black Days)

"Ye Olde Bull and Bush” (Taverns and Coffee Houses)

Adelaide Houses by London Bridge ( Old Gives Place to New)

Britain’s Foremost Criminal Court (Crime and Punishment)

Guardians of the Thames (Liquid History)

Old "India" Office from St James’s Park (Mother of Parliaments)

"Let’s all go Down the Strand " (Story of the Strand)

The Oratory of St. Philips Neri (Where London Worships)

The Great Palm House in Kew Gardens (Parks, Playgrounds, Exhibitions)

Watching the Ships in the Pool (London Bridge is Broken Down)

The New Regent Street (Old Gives Place to New)

Newspaperland (Supplying the World’s Needs)

The Parish Church of Empire (St Paul’s Old and New)

St James’s Palace (Palaces past and Present)

On Site of St Paul’s Cross (St Paul’s Old and New)

Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace (Palaces Past and Present)

Bush House and Kingsway (Old Gives Place to New)

Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane (Old Gives Place to New)

Thames House and Imperial Chemical House (Old Gives Place to New)

Trolley-Bus and Tram (To and Fro in the City)

Title Page

Heathrow (To and Fro in the City)

London’s smallest House (Ghosts of the Squares)

The Bloody Tower (Castle of the Conqueror)

 

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Cut and folded book pages, each work is approx. 25cm x 17.5cm.

This work belongs to The Universal Now, a series of three-dimensional collages made with photographs found in books from different years that depict the same place. In ‘The Wonderful Story of London,' 24 book pages from two editions of the book (1936 and 1950) have been spliced together. These dates bracket World War Two.

 

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