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Twenty-three Evocative Photographs of London in 1953

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London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Oxford Street

These beautiful and evocative photographs of London in 1953 were taken by the Dutch photographer Cas Oorthuys. He began his career as a press photographer for the social democratic weekly Wij (We) in 1936 but after the German invasion he tried to survive by taking portraits for the many forged identity cards needed at the time. In May 1944 he was arrested and sent to the Amersfoort concentration camp. He was released after only three months, and then, as far as the authorities were concerned, he disappeared.

In September 1944 Oorthuys joined the De Ondergedoken Camera, a group of Amsterdam photographers who clandestinely recorded life during the Occupation.The photographs Oorthuys took at this time are his best known.

After the war, perhaps not surprisingly, Oorthuys changed from an overtly political photographer to taking ‘human interest’ pictures.

Cas Oorthuys London 1953

Shop in Rupert Street

Cas Oorthuys

London (1953)

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Prince of Wales Theatre

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

An orderly queue for the number 8 bus at London Bridge Station.

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Fleet Street

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

St Paul’s, 1953

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Trafalgar Square at night, 1953

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Lombard Street

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Bank of England

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Trafalgar Square

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Pensioners’ Rally, Trafalgar Square

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Middle Temple Lane

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

High Holborn

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Outside the Ritz, Piccadilly

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Lower Regent Street

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Regent Street

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Piccadilly Circus

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

George Tippins newspaper seller, Piccadilly

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

London pub in 1953

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Caledonian Market, 1953

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Berwick Street market

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Trafalgar Square at night.

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Prince of Wales Theatre

London Cas Oorthuys, 1953

Northern Line

  • steve

    Great pics. a bit pedantic but the number 8 bus never went South of the river – that’s an 8A!