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Londoners Through A Lens - Getty Images Gallery

Exhibition preview

A NEW photographic exhibition, Londoners Through A Lens, is on display at the Getty Images Gallery until Saturday, September 5, 2009.

Following on from last year’s hugely popular London Through a Lens, Londoners Through A Lens takes another look at the capital, but this time with the emphasis on its inhabitants – from famous figures to everyday people.

To accompany the exhibition, Time Out Guides is once again publishing a Londoners Through a Lens book, which will be on sale from September 3 2009.

The exhibition features a wide-ranging and multifaceted selection of photos from the past century, including a selection of rare images. All the images in the collection were chosen from the Getty Images Hulton Archive and range from 1900 to 1990. These stirring shots capture the spirit, personality and ever-evolving style of London’s residents over the course of 90 years.

Speaking about the exhibition, Getty Images Gallery Director, Louise Garczewska, said: “As one of London’s leading photo galleries it is only fitting that we are hosting this show, which is a stunning sequel to London Through a Lens and a perfect tribute to the people of London.

“The spirit, energy and excitement of our capital is embodied in every one of its charming inhabitants, from Michael Caine to Thomas Sparrow, the bird taxidermist from Eltham. These images really portray what it means to be a Londoner.”

London has produced its fair share of heroes and villains, many of which are included in the exhibition. But the exhibition is not a celebrity identity parade; it also captures the anonymous Londoners, the people that haven’t appeared in the spotlight, but have helped shaped the metropolis of today.

For example, an image of the Sex Pistols outside Buckingham Palace appears alongside an image of school children queuing outside a children’s only cinema. A rat catcher with two ferrets and his faithful Jack Russell appears alongside the swinging sixties fashion designer Mary Quant.

As Cath Phillips, Editor of the Time Out Guides book, explained: “Londoners Through a Lens takes a look at what makes London so special – namely, its people. Artists and actors, comedians and call-girls, musicians and murderers, playwrights and politicians, scientists and sporting stars – the celebrated and the hated all appear, but there are also plenty of anonymous faces, everyday Londoners going about their everyday business, working, playing and bringing London to life.”

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6.30pm, Saturday from 12 to 6pm.

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tel: 020 7291 5380