London calling

Tailor-made for TASCHEN by Paul Smith

For die-hard lovers of Paris, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and New York, TASCHEN introduces the Portrait of a City Art Edition series. For each edition, limited to only 500 copies, a legendary local fashion designer is invited to design a bespoke fabric to line the cover, and a large signed and numbered print of one of the images from the book is included.
  • Limited to 500 numbered copies
  • Comes with a fine art print on archival paper, signed by Elmar Ludwig
  • Packaged in a special cover and clamshell case designed by legendary British fashion designer Paul Smith

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 In addition to the wealth of images included in this book, many previously unpublished, London’s history is told through hundreds of quotations, lively essays, and references from key movies, books, and records.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 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.

Also available in another Art Edition (No. 1-500).
The artist:
Now at the helm of his eponymous and highly successful global brand, Paul Smith came to fashion in an accidental way. At the age of 16, he happened upon a job at a local clothing warehouse in his native Nottingham. After an accident derailed his hopes at a career in cycling, he befriended students at the local art college and was inspired to pursue a career in clothing design. With the encouragement of his future wife Pauline Denyer (an RCA fashion graduate) and a small amount of savings, Smith opened his first shop in 1970. In 1976, he showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label. In the ensuing years, Paul Smith had established himself as the pre-eminent British designer, currently overseeing 14 different collections, including men's and women's wear, shoes, eyewear, and fragrance.

The photographer:
Born in Halle in Germany in 1935, Elmar Ludwig began his apprenticeship as a photographer in Munich in 1951, aged 16. He got his first job with Foto Reger and subsequently spent two years as an assistant to Karl Hugo Schmölz, a well-known architecture and advertising photographer in Cologne. 1962 Ludwig was recruited as a postcard photographer by Irish publisher John Hinde Ltd. He spent the next few years travelling around the world from Britain to Australia and from Canada to the Bahamas. At the end of the 1960s he established his own studio in Munich, specializing in architecture, product and advertising photography.
London. Portrait of a City. Art Edition B (Collector's Edition)

London. Portrait of a City. Art Edition B

Paul Smith, Elmar Ludwig
Archival pigment print, 26.8 x 20.5 in., hardcover volume in clamshell box, cover and box design by Paul Smith, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 552 pages
$ 850
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“Seldom sunny, often wry, this air-brush-free portrait of our troubled old friend London is one that we implore you - occupants of her nether regions and beyond - to snap-up and keep hold of forever.”
— Dazed Digital, London, United Kingdom
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