As the capital city of the United Kingdom, London has always been a melting pot of multiple cultures and classes. A photographic project, London Unseen, looks to document the unique evolution of this storied city via analog photography images that date back to 1890.
The project in the main is the work of local photographer Paul Anthony Scane, who spent 15 years documenting the unseen side of the city using some of the best film cameras ranging from 35mm to medium and large format, including Leica, Hasselblad, Linhof 4x5 and Mamiya 6x7.
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However, it is also an archive of original vintage negatives taken by other unknown photographers that have themselves remained unseen until now. Spanning almost a hundred years, from the 1890s to 1980s, they provide a fascinating look at how one of the most famous cities in the world was shaped and changed during the course of massive cultural change and even war.
From the way the iconic Piccadilly Circus looked in the Fifties, to the depiction of postwar life, to Notting Hill Carnival and unique London-isms (and plenty of red phone boxes), the collection truly is a celebration of the beating pulse of the city – and a wonderful collection of 35mm and medium format photography.
London Unseen sells photographic products, with a mind to ethical sourcing, on everything from posters and greetings cards to puzzles and organic t-shirts, with plans to venture into publishing and books based on London life.
For more information visit the London Unseen website.