You’re Strongly Advised To Look At These Awesome Vintage Pictures Of London

From Observing the Crowd: Photographs by Bob Collins, now on at the Museum of London.

1. The Changing of the Guard, outside Buckingham Palace, 1954.

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Bob Collins was a photographer who lived from 1924 to 2002.

2. The morning rush hour, Victoria Railway Station, c.1955.

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Born in East Ham, Collins embraced photography from the age of 7.

3. Billingsgate Fish Market porters, Lower Thames Street, 1958.

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Later, working in watchmaking in Covent Garden, he eagerly pursued his passion for photographing post-war London.

4. Children gathered around a comics stall, Romford Market, c.1947.

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He achieved his first published illustrated article in Amateur Photographer in 1952 and regularly wrote about photographic technique.

5. A photographer on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Admiralty Arch, 1 June 1953.

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In 1956, diverging from street photography, Collins secured permission to photograph backstage at the London Palladium.

6. Addressing the crowd at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, c.1955.

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He never looked back, turning to freelance photojournalism professionally.

7. A customer considers a purchase, Billingsgate Fish Market, 1958.

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His portfolio was full of portraiture - from TV stars to artists – but he also did a lot of documentary work.

8. At a skiffle club party, Soho, 1959.

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The 50 images on display have been selected to show Collins’ acute observational skills in crowded places.

9. Derby Day, Epsom Downs Racecourse, late 1950s.

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Anna Sparham, Curator of Photography at the Museum of London, said: “In his documentary photography, Collins honed the art of successfully detaching a person or telling moment from a busy scene or making remarkable images of the crowd itself.”

10. Derby Day, Epsom Downs Racecourse, late 1950s.

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She added: “He is an inspirational figure in London’s twentieth century photography, providing a fabulous visual record of our capital.”

11. Young boy waiting to travel, possibly Waterloo Station, c.1960.

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Find out more about the exhibition here.

12. Dressed for the occasion, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Championships, Wimbledon, 1960.

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13. Waiting for the bus, central London c.1960.

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14. Ticket inspector, Victoria Station, c.1960.

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15. The morning rush hour, Victoria Station, 1960.

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16. Clashes at an Oswald Mosley rally, Trafalgar Square, 22 July 1962.

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17. Amongst demonstrators at an anti-Vietnam War protest, Hyde Park, 1969.

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18. Lining the streets for the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, central London, 1981.

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