1. The Changing of the Guard, outside Buckingham Palace, 1954.
Bob Collins was a photographer who lived from 1924 to 2002.
2. The morning rush hour, Victoria Railway Station, c.1955.
Born in East Ham, Collins embraced photography from the age of 7.
3. Billingsgate Fish Market porters, Lower Thames Street, 1958.
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.
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.
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.
He never looked back, turning to freelance photojournalism professionally.
7. A customer considers a purchase, Billingsgate Fish Market, 1958.
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.
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.
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.
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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