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John Thomson: Street Life in London 
 
  
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When in 1877 the book Street Life in London[1] was published it included 36 Woodburytypes, an early photographic process, illustrated by John Thomson[2] 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.
London Nomades
London Cabmen
Covent Garden Flower Women
Recruiting Sergeants At Westminster
Street Floods In Lambeth
Public Disinfectors
Street Doctors
Street Advertising
Clapham Common Industries
"Caney" The Clown
Dealer In Fancy Ware
The Temperance Sweep
The Dramatic Shoe Black
"Tickets," The Card Dealer
The Old Clothes Of St. Giles
A Convicts' Home
The "Wall Worker"
Covent Garden Labourers
Halpenny Ices
Black Jack
The Cheap Fish Of St. Giles's
Cast Iron Billy
Workers On The "Silent Highway"
The Street Fruit Trade
The London Boardmen
The Water Cart
"Mush Fakers" And Ginger Beer Makers
November Effigies
"Hookey Alf," Of Whitechapel
The "Crawlers"
Italian Street Musicians
The Street Locksmith
The Seller Of Shell Fish
Flying Dustmen
Old Furniture
The Independent Shoe Black
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ John Thomson & Adolphe Smith, [1877], 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) 
      
  2. Λ John Thomson travelled widely and his books include works on Cambodia, China, Formosa, and Indo-China. 
      
 
  
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