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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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