London Underground 1970-1980 by Mike Goldwater

Down in the dimly lit Tunnels, the Tube was one photographer's playground

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Oxford Circus 1978

The first thing that strikes anyone who regularly rides on the London Underground is how clean it looks in Mike Goldwater’s photographs. Taken during the 1970s, Goldwater shows us a Tube a million miles up wind from New York’s filthy Subway, a place so disgusting, violent and vandalised that the only respite from the dystopian stench and fear of impending doom was a self-made cloud of incontinence and a Beatrice armoured in a red beret and a ‘Guardian Angels’ t-shirt. Not that the Underground is some idyll, a place where the sun isn’t silent and the air is sweet. Homeward bound tourists keen to recapture the thrill of minding the gap and cooling their heels on overcrowded platforms are not offered a range of signature scents. But if Goldwater’s pictures came with scratch and sniff cards, panels would feature the odours of guard’s pipe, football fan and warm cat.

 

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Kings Cross – 1972

 

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Westbourne Park 1979

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Wembley Park 1979

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Tottenham Court road 1977

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Piccadilly Circus 1978

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Oxford Circus 1979

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Northern Line 1975

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Northern Line 1974 – shades of Bob Mazzer’s party Tube

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Holborn 1978

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Baker Street 1979

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Moorgate 1973

 

London Underground 1970-1980 by Mike Goldwater is published by Hoxton Mini Press