Anyone who has frequented Somerset House this week will know all too well how street photography has become an integral part of the fashion world – SLRs cameras are quite the modern accessory. Although made infamous by blogs such as The Sartorialist and Face Hunter, the Museum of London is going back to the real roots of this phenomenon and exhibiting the earliest days of street paps.
The first hand-held Kodak cameras were released around 1860, at a time when London as a city was sprawling and expanding at an astounding rate. As industry exploded, photographers took it upon themselves to preserve the city’s original architecture. From there on, it became habit to document political change, fashion, transport, industry, and the ordinary people of the capital’s streets.
London Street Photography brings together 59 photographers whose work spans the last 150 years, in a unique exploration of London’s dynamic past. Free, at the Museum of London until September 4.
Image: John Galt/Museum of London