Photography: Panoramas of Lost London, By Philip Davies


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This expanded and greatly enlarged edition of Philip Davies's 2009 book Lost London 1870-1945 was made possible because the long exposure times of plate photography resulted in such extraordinary depth of detail.

Commissioned by the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London and the London County Council, with the quixotic aim of preserving the city's rapidly changing landscape, these panoramic street scenes have a vivid but haunting quality; glimpses of a vanished world.

Pictured: Earlham Street, Seven Dials, 1913