If you happen to live in London or within striking distance of it—or perhaps plan to travel there before the early autumn of this year—there's a show on you might want to see. "London Street Photography" at the Museum of London features more than 200 pictures by 59 photographers, from 1860 to the present day.
From the 28 thumbnails in the slideshow at The Independent (the link is to the article) it looks like a promising show—a good way to put current street photography in perspective. The show has gotten widespread notice in Great Britain and there are several more samplers here and there on the web, including at The Telegraph.
It's nice to see Paul Martin make an appearance—a now-little-known photographer whose work I have a soft spot for, thanks to Roy Flukinger, Larry Schaaf, and Standish Meacham's 1977 Texas Press book Paul Martin: Victorian Photographer. Wonderful long essay in that book, like a fascinating mini-course. Not one, not two, not three, but four Martins in the Independent slideshow. Go Paul.
Running now; closes September 4th, 2011.
(Thanks to several tipsters. Pictures courtesy Museum of London.)
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Featured Comment by MJFerron: "Love that top shot. Not only do we have to admire the photographer for his intensity but also his dexterity. Camera through one bar and pipe through the other. Come on, that's talent."
Mike replies: I love that picture too...always was a sucker for pictures of photographers photographing. That one's a classic. In fact I bought an A4 "Art Print" of it! Thanks to Mike Plews for pointing out that you can buy prints of the show pictures.