- 1877 (Creation)
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38 digital objects in pdf and jpg formats.
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‘Street Life in London’ (1877) is a book consisting of a series of articles by radical journalist Adolphe Smith and photographer John Thomson. The book vividly documents the lives of working-class Londoners living on the margins of society, combining Thomson’s photographs with detailed written passages based on interviews. The authors felt at the time that the images lent authenticity to the text, and their book is now regarded as a key work in the history of documentary photography. This collection includes the book itself, as well as a separate series containing only the photographs.
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