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.

 

 

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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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