Street Photos of 19th Century London by John Thomson


Anyone interested in street photography will definitely be fascinated at the early days of the genre, as seen through the photographs of pioneers like Scottish photographer John Thomson. If you haven’t heard about him before, read on to find out more and take a look at some of his snaps of London during 19th century.

John Thomson’s self-portrait with Honan Soldiers, 1871. Photo via Pivotal Arts

Street photography, at this time and age, is something that every photographer, whether established or up and coming, constantly dabbles with using their cameras. However, back in the 19th century, photographers were just starting to practice what would become the definitive street photography. This genre may be widely associated with French photographer Eugene Atget, and Paris touted as its birthplace, but somewhere not so far, a pioneering Scottish photographer named John Thomson was also doing some street photography of his own around the same time in London.

Thomson, who lived from 1837 to 1921, photographed London’s daily grind and many its destitute residents after returning from his journey to the Far East in 1872.

Take a look at some of his street snaps of 19th Century London below:

Photos via PetaPixel

All information for this article were sourced from PetaPixel and John Thomson on Wikipedia.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-08-15 #lifestyle #street #street-photography #photography #london #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #19th-century #john-thomson

More Interesting Articles