Thursday, 17 January 2013

The London Scene 1969


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) but thankfully the other 176 pages are all photographs, mainly b&w with about 7 or 8 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 in 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 on Carnaby Street, the scan doesn't do it justice, in reality it's actually printed against 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). 




































                                                           PHOTO CREDITS

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from London Scene by Juergen Seuss, Gerold Dommermuth and Hans Maier, published 1969.


                                                                     LINKS

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.

3 comments:

  1. What a treasure of a book this must be! Thanks for sharing some of it with us. I love the ad for kleptomania.

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  2. All the above picture are really awesome.All of the picture can shows 60's London is more beautiful than today.Because all of the things are so natural on that time.I think the author is one of the best photographer London ,that's why he can work hard with the copy of London Scene.

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  3. I believe that there's nothing soul and heart than black and white. Black and white pictures has something natural meaning..I like black and white pictures.
    Thanks SWEET JANE to share some wonderful pictures of 1969's London's photo. In 1969, London was really different. Thanks once again, because you enable me to see the earlier scene of London. I live in Bolton,northern part of England, here there are some bolton photographer, i know. They used to collect the old photos like you. Hope you will continue to share such memorable pictures.

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