|John Thomson: Street Life in London |
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When in 1877 the book Street Life in London was published it included 36 Woodburytypes, an early photographic process, illustrated by John Thomson to accompany the texts by Adolphe Smith. In some of the photographs the person seems to have been carefully selected and their clothing and paraphernalia laid out to create a visually agreeable picture. They are posed portraits of street life rather than the unguarded captured moment.
- Λ John Thomson & Adolphe Smith, , Street Life in London, (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington); Reprint - John Thomson & Adolphe Smith, 1969, Street Life in London, (New York: Bernard Blom) [Facsimile edition].
For the context - Jeff Rosen, 1993, ‘Posed as Rogues: The Crisis of Photographic Realism in John Thomson's Street Life in London‘, Image, vol. 36, no. 3/4, pp. 9-39; Emily Kathryn Morgan, 2014, Street Life in London: Context and Commentary, (MuseumsEtc)
- Λ John Thomson travelled widely and his books include works on Cambodia, China, Formosa, and Indo-China.
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