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XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles

London. Portrait of a City

70Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
London is immersed in history yet tirelessly innovative, a city of exciting contrast. This XL portrait collates a mass of photographs retrieved from all manner of archives to present a visual map of the city—both past and present. Images of London’s diverse inhabitants, streets, and sites are woven throughout the book with key cultural references and informative essays.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.4 in.9.13 lb552 pages
“A fascinating book documents London’s urban development from Victorian era to the modern.”
Evening Standard
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
London. Portrait of a City

London. Portrait of a City


London Calling

A photographic journey through the history of this epic city

Samuel Johnson famously said that: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” 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 In addition to the wealth of images included in this book, many previously unpublished, London’s history is told through hundreds of quotations, lively essays, and references from key movies, books, and records.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 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 the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and the Photography editor at TASCHEN. His TASCHEN titles include: Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, both London and New York Portrait of a City books, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, the National Geographic editions, the David Bailey SUMO and Andy Warhol. Polaroids.

London. Portrait of a City
Hardcover25 x 34 cm4.14 kg552 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-2877-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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11 Ratings

Great Purchase!

Thomas,October 31, 2021
I have always loved Taschen book and this is no exception - such beautiful pictures!


Laurent,October 27, 2021
Bel ouvrage, je me régale encore. Vivement les prochains

Londres bien vale una misa, también

Xavier,October 27, 2021
Un repaso visual de una de las ciudades más historiadas del mundo compartiendo la vida cotidiana y los hitos del pueblo británico

Good book on a great city

James,October 27, 2021
An impossible task to capture such a rich, varied history in a single book but this has a decent go at it in a beautiful way.


Nicholas,October 27, 2021
This is endlessly fascinating, really great shots with just enough information on each