I picked up this copy of London Scene over a year ago after a long search and was very pleased to do so having been intrigued by the cover and thoughts of what may possibly lay beyond it ever since it first came to my attention. The book, published in 1969, consists of 220 pages, 44 of which are made up of text (all in German...one of these days I will get around to translating it!) thankfully the other 176 pages are all photographs, mainly b&w with about seven or eight in colour, the title page plus the endpapers both front and back also contain several images. I would describe it as a photographic document of street style and the underground scene in London from the late 60s, it reminds me of the work of Frank Habicht and John Hendy from around this period. A copy can set you back anywhere between £80-£180, but I have also seen it sell for a lot more on Ebay auctions, the price obviously driven up by the fact that it has become so rare over time. However, occasionally a slightly less expensive one arises for sale and finally it was my turn to find one! There are some really beautiful photographs in this book, it captures the hippie fashion scene particularly well, there are also several images of Amanda Lear, Yoko Ono, David Vaughan (of Binder, Edwards & Vaughan), The Nice, Alexander Trocchi, The Arts Lab, The International Times, street fashion, plus shop window displays from Gear, Mary Quant and I was Lord Kitcheners Valet. My personal favourite, is a beautifully illustrated advertisement by Rob Peters for Tommy Roberts' Kleptomania boutique in Carnaby Street, the scan doesn't do it justice, in reality it's actually printed on a silver foil background. The following images are just a brief glimpse of what you can expect to see. It's also worth noting that the book measures 8"x 8", and that the majority of the images are of a corresponding size.
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from London Scene by Juergen Seuss, Gerold Dommermuth and Hans Maier, published 1969.
Black on the Canvas: The trailer for the forthcoming feature length documentary about the life and times of the artist David Vaughan can be found here.
Information about Tommy Roberts' Kleptomania Boutique can be found here.
In the Sixties - the photography of Frank Habicht can be found here.
And last but not not least 'My Dad's Photographs - the photography of John Hendy' - a comprehensive study of London Street style from 1967-1975 which can be found here.