11 Stunning Colorized Photos Showing The Street Life Of Victorian London From Over 140 Years Ago

According to Tom Marshall, a professional photo colouriser: “n the mid-1870s, Scottish photographer John Thomson captured the daily toil and struggle of the ‘street folks’ of London, in a series of photos that laid the foundations for modern photojournalism. Working with a radical journalist called Adolphe Smith, Thomson produced a monthly magazine ‘Street Life in London’ from 1876 to 1877.

The photographs Thomson took depict real life in London, showing the poorest of the poor and how they managed to survive, in scenes that could have been written by Charles Dickens. Smith would interview the subjects of the photos, often preserving the unique dialects and expressions of a world now long forgotten, and the photos lent authenticity to his text. Thomson and Smith published their photos and interviews in a book in 1878 from which the following images were taken.

I believe that colourizing images can allow a modern audience to engage better with the subject, especially in an age where we see thousands of images on a news feed every day. Colour brings out hidden details, which are often lost in black and white, and it causes the viewer to pause and look. This is not to say that the original images are not fascinating in their own right, but I believe that the addition of colour helps to enhance the scene and forces the viewer to spend more time looking into it and reading the accompanying caption.”

“There are, undoubtedly, many most honest, hard-working, and in every sense worthy men, who hold licenses from the Watermen’s Company, or from the Thames Conservancy. That these men are rough and but poorly educated is a natural consequence of their calling. Never stationary in anyone place, it is difficult for them to secure education for their children, and regular attendance at school would be impossible unless the child left its parents altogether. Continue reading »

Squirrel Snapper Seems To Take Shots Of Pigeon Models As Equipment Is Left In London Park

Adorable pictures capture the creatures placing their paws on the equipment as some curious pigeons appear to act as their photography subjects. Photographer Jeff Moore was testing out an old film camera at Bunhill Memorial Park and Gardens to use in his darkroom workshop. Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Pictures Of The London Underground Through The Times

One of a series of photographs by Henry Flather showing the construction, undertaken between 1866 and 1870, of the Metropolitan District Railway’s (MDR) underground lines between Paddington and Blackfriars via Kensington. It shows Notting Hill Gate Station shortly before it opened in 1868. Continue reading »

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! Hundreds Descend On Central London For World Zombie Day Walk Through The Capital


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Headless corpses, missing limbs and rotting flesh were just some of the ghoulish sights seen on London streets for an annual zombie march through the city. Hoards of people stepped out in their best un-dead garbs to traipse through the capital for London’s 12th World Zombie Day event. Continue reading »

An Ice Statue Of Greta Thunberg Has Been Erected In Trafalgar Square


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London-based creatives Alissa Khan-Whelan, Chris Godfrey and CJ Brown erected an ice sculpture of climate activist Greta Thunberg in Trafalgar Square yesterday (2 October). The likeness, which melted throughout the day in the sunny weather, aimed to be a “powerful representation of climate change and the plight the world is in unless change is made,” the creators say in a statement about the project. Continue reading »

Gallery Of 68 Competitive Designs For The Great Tower For London, 1890

The year previous, 1889, saw the hugely successful Eiffel Tower go up in the centre of Paris, and the good people of London, not to be outdone, decided to get one of their own. A wonderful array of designs were put forward. Continue reading »

Eerie Black And White Photographs That Show London Fog Scenes From The Early 20th Century

Fog at Ludgate Circus, London. November 1922

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London was covered in “fog” at the beginning of the 20th century, culminating in the Great Smog in 1952. The Clean Air Act was implemented in 1956, but the fatalities from the Great Smog are said to have reached 12,000. Here’s a collection of haunting black and white photos of London fog from between 1910s to 1950s. Continue reading »

“Birds Of Britain”: Photographer John d Green Captured The Beauties Of London In ‘Swinging Sixties’

Birds of Britain, an acclaimed book of photographs by John d Green, was published almost 50 years ago, in September 1967. The book featured John d Green’s strikingly individual, unconventional and witty portraits of 58 of the girls who made London swing – actresses, models, aristocrats, fashion designers, boutique owners and pop singers. Continue reading »

“Portraits Of Bedlam”: Haunting Photos Of Patients Treated At Britain’s Most Notorious Psychiatric Hospital In The 19th Century

Haunting photographs show people who attended the infamous Bethlem Royal Hospital where patients were ‘treated’ by being spun round in chairs in front of paying punters. Most of the patients at the London asylum, better known as Bedlam, were diagnosed with acute mania and some arrived after killing people. Continue reading »

Flooded London By Squint/Opera Depicts “Curiously Utopian” Vision Of The City Under Water

Digital design studio Squint/Opera has reissued a series of speculative visualisations depicting London in 2090 when climate change has left much of the city under water. The Flooded London series, first created in 2008, shows how citizens might adapt to catastrophic rising temperatures and sea levels. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photographs Of Cat’s Meat Sellers In London In The Early 20th Century

The cat’s meat man used to be a common sight in London and other large towns between the mid 1800s and the 1930s. If you think they sold cat meat, you are entirely wrong. What a cat’s meat seller sold was meat to cats. Continue reading »

Gustave Doré’s Victorian London: A Pilgrimage

Over London – by Rail. This is probably the most famous and most often seen plate from London.

The French artist Gustave Doré also imagines the city’s ruinous destiny in his visual report on the city, London: A Pilgrimage, published in 1869. The nightmare of London’s future continued to captivate artists in the 20th century. Continue reading »

Miracle Black & White Photos Of A Desolate And Deserted London From 1977

These fascinating photos were taken by John Goodman an Australian who made two trips to UK in the mid 1970s.

These fascinating photos were taken by John Goodman an Australian who made two trips to UK in the mid 1970s. While in, as he puts it, ‘my raw early 20s’ – he pursued his interests in such things as Industrial Archaeology, science – ‘I joined the Quekett Microscopical Club (you might have to look that one up) in London – still a member of it’. John now lives back in Melbourne. Continue reading »

Extraordinary Black And White Photographs Of London In The Early 1950s

Between 1949 and 1953, Robert Frank continually returned to Europe from his new home in New York to take photographs in France, Switzerland, Spain, and Great Britain, photographs that show the development of his uniquely humanist, poetic, and realist eye. Continue reading »

Inside The Crumbling Luxury Mansions Left Abandoned On London’s Billionaires’ Row


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Haunting footage shows the decaying ruins of the multi-million pound mega-mansions left abandoned on Billionaires’ Row. The ultra-exclusive road, officially named The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, North London is a 66-house street boasting some of the most valuable properties in Britain. Continue reading »