Book review: London Unseen

This absorbing book of photographs by Paul Scane captures a London which is fast disappearing.

With brief captions here and there, the focus is squarely on the images, which capture people, places and curiosities around the capital.

These are moments we probably all pass daily, without stopping to look – Scane pauses to capture them, and has arranged them in London Unseen to build a record of thr small things in the capital.

I’m definitely one to look up and around for unusual things when I’m in and around the capital (my adopted home of 15 years), so this book was right up my street.

Recommended as a social history in visual form, as a celebtation of diversity and identity, and as a record of a rapidly changing city, all captured with a keen eye.

London Unseen is a book that will get you talking, then out and about to see what you can in the furthest corners of London boroughs displaying their own identities.

Make space on your shelf for this sumptous book – it is fascinating to speculate on the stories behind the image as we have little to go on besides where the location is.

If you like to see photographs from off the usual tourist trail, this book (fifteen years in the making) is definitely for you.

You can now purchase London Unseen by Paul Scane, published by teNeues Books.

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