London's Changing Riverscape: Panoramas from London Bridge to Greenwich

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Frances Lincoln, 2009 - Photography - 240 pages
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"In 1937, when London was still the world's greatest port, the Port of London Authority commissioned a ten-mile photographic panorama of the Thames riverfront, capturing in astounding detail the array of wharves, boatyards, factories, warehouses and related industrial buildings along both banks of the river, from London Bridge as far as Greenwich. In 2008 Graham Diprose, Charles Craig and Mike Seaborne, working as the London's Found Riverscape Partnership, shot a modern panorama of exactly the same stretch of river using the latest digital technology. Their aim was to document the dramatic changes to the riverscape caused successively by wartime bombing, by 1960s development and by recent regeneration. These images also serve to highlight what survives architecturally from London's trading past. Comparison with segments of their earlier 1997 panorama reveals the extraordinary pace of change in this ever-dynamic part of London. In addition to the panoramic images, a wealth of rare --

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About the author (2009)

Born in London, Charles Craig trained as a commercial photographer at The London School of Printing and Graphic Arts. He entered the world of professional photography in the early 1960s, and the world of academia in the mid 1970s. Charles Craig died in 2011.

Graham Diprose is Lead Tutor in Photography in the School of Graphic Design, at the London College of Communication, the largest college in The University of the Arts, London. Having spent many years as an advertising photographer, he now works with undergraduate and postgraduate students developing skills in all areas of applied and experimental digital and craft photography.Always interested in digital photography, Graham`s first capture was in eight black and white tones on a BBC Micro in 1984! A more recent picture at 248 million pixel of Gas Street Basin, Birmingham was until recently, the largest digital photograph in the world shot from a single lens position.Graham has been a Co-partner in Londons Found Riverscape since its inception and was involved in making the 1997 panorama, exhibitions at City Hall and Museum of London and the publication of London`s Riverscape - Lost and Found .Over the past decade he has also worked with digital photographer, Jeff Robins to produce a series of over 60 past and present images of the River Thames for their project "...in the footsteps of Henry Taunt" The hardback book of the project "River Thames Revisited" was published in October 2007 by Frances Lincoln and has accompanied an national exhibition with English Heritage as a co-partner which was also launched in October 2004 at River & Rowing Museum, Henley and will tour for some years to come.Jeff Robins and Graham have also been invited to write a new text-book of photography for Thames and Hudson, to be published in the UK and USA in 2011.

Mike Seaborne is both a photographer and Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London. He lectures and writes on photography and in 1995 he curated the landmark exhibition, 'Photographer's London, 1839-1994' and wrote the accompanying book. His own images have been widely exhibited and published.Mike's photography is primarily concerned with exploring the urban landscape. In the early 1980s he focused on London's Docklands because it was clear that this area was about to undergo a major transformation. The resulting pictures evoke a lost landscape which is in stark contrast to the thriving Docklands of today.From the 1990s Mike broadened his range of subject-matter but developed a particular interest in the landscapes created by the various social housing schemes in London from the late 19th century to the present day. Most recently he has been photographing in the Lower lea Valley, site of the London Olympics in 2012, and other areas in transition, especially in the inner-city, where rapid change is occuring as a result of social/cultural forces such as gentrification and ethnic concentration.

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