Considering the relatively large amount of effort that has gone into advertising London Street Photography, it is something of an anti-climax to find it hidden down two flights of stairs and tucked into just one room.

…adding a human dimension to the broad street scenes…

The majority of photographs taken before 1950 perhaps hold greater interest as records of past, than as aesthetic creations. Paul Martin’s Street Urchins (1893) provides a glimpse of the reality of London, adding a human dimension to the broad street scenes captured by George Davison Reid. Yet both appeal for their evocation of how things were, above their artistic merit.

Jim Rice’s work exemplifies the increasingly playful nature of photography that developed from the middle of the twentieth century. Prusom Street E1 (1975) is a highlight, its composition beautifully constructed from the essential lines of two mothers pushing prams in opposite directions.

The exhibition ends with very recent work, such as Nils Jorgensen’s Card Fraud (2007). Almost exclusively based on visual puns, the modern photographs contain less of a sense of London, but more of a sense of humour.

A concise look at the history of the photography of London. Nevertheless, the contents of this limited space present a very pleasant way to spend half an hour or so.

The Exhibition continues until 4th September.

Admission is free.

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