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London In The 1950s: Frank Horvat’s Gorgeous Photographs of England’s Capital

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We’re fans of Frank Horvat’s work. His photographs of the seamier side of Paris nightlife in the 1956 are glorious. He tells us:

“I was lucky. In 1950 – aged 22 – I was a young man who had given up his dreams of becoming a writer or a painter, but without having acquired anything like a proper profession. By 1960, I had travelled for two years in Asia, as a photojournalist, lived and worked in Paris, London and New York, as a fashion photographer, and become reasonably well known in the small world of photography.”

Horvat’s luck and talent take us back to post-war London right before the 1960s swung in…

 

1954, London, teenagers

1954, London, teenagers

 

 

1959, London, Green Park, couples

1959, London, Green Park, couples

 

1959, London, Piccadilly

1959, London, Piccadilly

 

1959, London, policeman

1959, London, policeman

 

1959, London, City clerk (a)

1959, London, City clerk (a)

 

1959, London, customer at Lobb's shoe shop

1959, London, customer at Lobb’s shoe shop

 

1959, London, ladies of the Salvation Army

1959, London, ladies of the Salvation Army

 

1955, Windsor Castle, UK, regatta

1955, Windsor Castle, UK, regatta

 

1955, England, ladies in Hyde Park

1955, England, ladies in Hyde Park

 

1955, London, Tower Bridge from London Bridge

1955, London, Tower Bridge from London Bridge

 

1955, London, City

1955, London, City

 

1955, London, Lambeth, boxing boys (d)

1955, London, Lambeth, boxing boys 

 

 

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market (d)

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market

 

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market (c)

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market

 

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market (b)

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market

 

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market (a)

1955, London, East End, Brick Lane dog market 

 

1955, London, underground commuters

1955, London, underground commuters

 

1955, London, Frank Horvat, self-portrait

1955, London, Frank Horvat, self-portrait

 

1955, London, Café Royal, Regent street (b)

1955, London, Café Royal, Regent street

 

1955, Manchester Ship Canal

1955, Manchester Ship Canal

 

1954, London, old car race

1954, London, old car race

 

1959, London, Soho, dancing couple

1959, London, Soho, dancing couple

  • Clear Light

    That’s Hampton Court Regatta – not Windsor Castle.