Liquid City

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Reaktion Books, 1999 - Literary Collections - 223 pages
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Iain Sinclair is known for his ‘dense, impressionistic, psychogeographical formulations’ of London in books such as White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings, Downriverand also the recent, critically-lauded London Orbital. A particular showcase for Sinclair’s unique style are his collaborations with photographer Marc Atkins: these eccentric, manic, often moving explorations of London’s hidden streets, cemeteries, canals, parks, pubs and personalities were first recorded in the highly acclaimed Lights Out for the Territory, praised in the Guardianas ‘one of the most remarkable books ever written on London’. Liquid Citydocuments the duo’s further peregrinations: consisting of 180 striking, atmospheric photographs by Atkins with accompanying texts by Sinclair, the book focuses on London’s eastern and south-eastern quadrants. An array of famous and lesser-known writers, booksellers and film-makers slip in and out of Sinclair’s annotations, as do memories and remnants of the East End’s criminal mobs, as well as physical landmarks as diverse as the Thames barrier and Karl Marx’s grave in Archway cemetery. The title Liquid Cityevokes the river Thames, which flows silently through both text and image, and to suggest the changes London has undergone and, like all cities, is constantly undergoing.
  

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Throughout Lights Out for the Territory Iain Sinclair is accompanied on his walks by Marc Atkins, usually described as rabidly photographing what they encounter. Descriptions of picture taking and the ... Read full review

Liquid City

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Freelance photographer Atkins and Sinclair, author of Downriver and Radon Daughters, portray, through words and photographs, a London few visitors would ever want to see. This is a dark, downtrodden ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
10
Section 3
15
Section 4
38
Section 5
39
Section 6
59
Section 7
108
Section 8
110
Section 16
157
Section 17
162
Section 18
164
Section 19
165
Section 20
168
Section 21
178
Section 22
182
Section 23
184

Section 9
122
Section 10
126
Section 11
128
Section 12
130
Section 13
146
Section 14
147
Section 15
148
Section 24
188
Section 25
194
Section 26
198
Section 27
212
Section 28
214
Section 29
222
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Marc Atkins is a freelance photographer. He has exhibited across Europe and North America, and his images have been published in books and magazines world-wide.

Iain Sinclair is the author of many books, including Downriver; Radon Daughters; White Chapagesell, Scarlet Tracings and Lights Out for the Territory.

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