Nudes With Views – Photographs of Swinging London c. 1968

German-born photographer Frank Habicht was in London when the old and new clashed


1960s London

No Loss of Face, Earles Court, London

Frank Habicht takes us back to London in the 1960s. Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1938, in the 1950s Habicht was sent to study in London. Further studies at the Hamburg School of Photography in 1962 put him on the path to a career as a photographer.

He contributed to magazines such as Camera Magazine, Spigelreflex Praxis, Twen, Jasmin, Esquire, Hoer Zu, Die Welt and the Sunday Times; took pictures on the set of films by Bryan Forbes, Roman Polanski and Jules Dassin; was the house photographer for London’s Playboy Club in London; and a freelance photographer for the BBC music hits show Top of the Pops.

He shows us that ‘swinging’ London of youth, Derek Marlowe’s A Dandy in Aspic,  The Pleasure Girls, lunchtime dancing, brilliant colour and sexual revolution.

All image are from the book As it Was, which is available here.


1960s London

Bare Essentials – near Knightsbridge, 1969 by Frank Habicht

Rolling Stones Concert, 1969

Gone by times, Renee at Westminster Bridge

Marriage a la Mode

1960s London

Live it to the hilt – Renee, Westminster Bridge, 1968

Lost in a Dream – Serge & Jane

1960s London

Fine arts student, St. Martin’s College, Holborn

My heart leaps up when I behold – King’s Road

1960s London

Frank Habicht

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