Many photographers seek out situations where the subjects are not posed, or perhaps completely unaware of the camera. These are generally known as ‘Candids’, and there are many to be found on the Internet. Here is a selection, covering a long period of London’s history.
1873. A fish-porter at Billingsgate Market.
1873. A woman selling magazines and newspapers on a London street.
1900. A street scene taken in the North London borough of Barnet. It looks like a village in the countryside.
The children are resting against a horse-trough, which would be filled with water for thirsty horses.
1900. Busy financial workers close to The Bank of England.
1905. Sloane Square in London. It appears to be amazingly quiet on that day.
1957. Children playing cricket on a Paddington Street.
1957. A street scene on Latimer Road, Notting Hill. One of the first multi-cultural districs following post-war immigration.
1957. A woman feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square, Central London. The sale of pigeon food was banned there, in 2000.
1961. A top-hatted banker outside the Bank of England.
1961. This lady saw the camera, and was not happy to be photographed outside a branch of Woolworth’s.
1961. A street flower-seller brandishing his bunches of flowers.
1969. Piccadilly Circus, Central London. A group of neo-Nazi skinheads strut past some hippies relaxing on the statue. A clash of cultures.
1973. Two women chat on an East London Street.
1978. A bus stuck in traffic on London Bridge.