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 CityUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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