Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chennai Day

Today is Chennai Day ( Chennapattanam ).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

London: Portrait of a City

Samuel Johnson famously said that: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

A book that captures the London I have seen since 1990's to date, when the magnum opus happened, in terms of Olympics. A must buy and read!

London. Portrait of a City
Reuel Golden
Hardcover, 25.0 x 34.0 cm (9.8 x 13.4 in.),
552 pages
£ 44.99
ISBN 978-3-8365-2877-1
English, French, German

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Couple of other authorized images from TASCHEN.

Here is the promotional text.

London’s remarkable history, architecture, landmarks, streets, style, cool, swagger, and
stalwart residents are pictured in hundreds of compelling photographs sourced from a
wide array of archives around the world. London is a vast sprawling metropolis,
constantly evolving and growing, yet throughout its complex past and shifting present,
the humor, unique character, and bulldog spirit of the people have stayed constant. This
book salutes all those Londoners, their city, and its history. In addition to the wealth of
images included in this book, many previously unpublished, London’s history is told
through hundreds of quotations, lively essays, and references from key movies, books,
and records.

From Victorian London to the Swinging 60s; from the Battle of Britain to Punk; from
the Festival of Britain to the 2012 Olympics; from the foggy cobbled streets to the
architectural masterpieces of the millennium; from rough pubs to private drinking
clubs; from Royal Weddings to raves, from the charm of the East End to the wonders of
the Westminster; from Chelsea girls to Hoxton hipsters; from the power to glory: in
page after page of stunning photographs, reproduced big and bold like the city itself,
London at last gets the photographic tribute it deserves.
Photographs by: Slim Aarons, Eve Arnold, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt,
Alvin Langdon Coburn, Anton Corbijn, Terence Donovan, Roger Fenton, Bert
Hardy, Evelyn Hofer, Frank Horvat, Tony Ray-Jones, Nadav Kander, Roger
Mayne, Linda McCartney, Don McCullin, Norman Parkinson, Martin Parr,
Rankin, Lord Snowdon, William Henry Fox Talbot, Juergen Teller, Mario
Testino, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many, many others.

The editor:
Reuel Golden is a photography book editor at TASCHEN, for whom he edited New
York: Portrait of a City. He graduated in politics from the University of Sussex,
England. Formerly the editor of British Journal of Photography and executive editor at
Photo District News, he authored Masters of Photography and Witness: The World's
Greatest News Photographers before joining TASCHEN's ranks. Born and raised in
London, he now lives in Brooklyn.