REVIEW- Victorian London in Photographs

Interested in old photographs? Fabulous review of the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition.

the Exhibitionologist

Whitehall1839 This daguerreotype photograph, looking south down Whitehall from Trafalgar Square, was taken in 1839 and is thought to be the oldest photograph of London. The hustle and bustle of carriage and pedestrian traffic has been blurred by the several minute-long exposure time (©London Metropolitan Archives)

When it comes to an exhibition where I am sold on the title alone, then this has to rank right up there. Regular readers of the exhibitionologist will know, photographs -particularly old, scratchy, black-and-white ones- and the history of London constitute two of my special areas of interest. So the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives constituted a must-see, as it surely does for those with similar interests to mine.

It is testament to the scope of the Victorians’ ambition and industriousness that Victorian London feels, to some extent at least, something that still exists today. As Londoners we are surrounded by Victorian…

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Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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2 Responses to REVIEW- Victorian London in Photographs

  1. Very interesting view back into the past through narrative and photos. I always find it interesting to view old photos, especially those with people in them, and wonder what they were thinking at the time and where did they go and what did they do after the photo was taken.

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  2. Me too, Jack. I spend ages looking closely at old photographs, trying to see in the subjects’ faces what their lives where like at the time. I think it’s what writers do, delve into the image as if they could physically put themselves there. I love the photography of Jacob Riis, particularly those taken in the tenements of New York City in the 1880’s, each image speaks volumes.


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