Photography project captures the ‘unseen’ side of London


London as you’ve never seen it: Photography series celebrates unusual sights away from the tourist hotspots – from an abandoned Soviet tank to graffiti of the Kray twins

  • Photography project London Unseen is the result of 15 years’ work by photography Paul Anthony Scane
  • Stunning images captured on analogue cameras reveal the lesser-documented parts of the capital 
  • Highlights include graffiti of the Kray twins in Hackney and a moody photo of a north London tower block 

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There is no sign of Big Ben, or the tourists crowding into Picadilly Circus in the pre-lockdown era. 

Instead these images capture a camp local dry cleaners, a north London tower block, and graffiti of the Kray twins carrying Tesco bags.

The provocative photographs are part of a project titled London Unseen, which, as the name suggests, shines a light on the lesser-documented side of the capital. 

The series is the product of 15 years’ work by ‘London born and bred’ photographer and screen printer Paul Anthony Scane, who bucked the digital trend and set about capturing the city on four analogue cameras.  

The result is interesting and thought-provoking images that showcase the ‘real’ London, away from the hustle and bustle, and the people who call it home. 

Scane has also collated photos taken by other photographers that document the city from the 1890s-1980s – and reveal how much it has changed. 

Here, FEMAIL shares a selection of Scane’s images. 

‘Sellfridges’: Photographer Paul Anthony Scane captured a Stoke Newington business with a sense of humour in 2010

Bright and beautiful: This dry cleaners on Wandsworth Bridge Road stood out from the crowd. Photographed in 2010

Bright and beautiful: This dry cleaners on Wandsworth Bridge Road stood out from the crowd. Photographed in 2010 

Military might: This former Soviet tank abandoned in Bermondsey was photographed by Scane in 2010 and remains in place

Military might: This former Soviet tank abandoned in Bermondsey was photographed by Scane in 2010 and remains in place 

Local boys: Graffiti of the Kray twins carrying Tesco carrier bags, as captured by Scane on a Shoreditch street in 2010

Local boys: Graffiti of the Kray twins carrying Tesco carrier bags, as captured by Scane on a Shoreditch street in 2010

Beauty in black and white: A cab in Trinity Buoy Wharf in 2017

The London School of Ballet in 2011

Beauty in black and white: A cab in Trinity Buoy Wharf in 2017 (left) and the London School of Ballet in 2011 (right)

Divine message: Bold signage at the front of St Paul's Bow Common, a 20th century church in Mile End (photographed 2014)

Divine message: Bold signage at the front of St Paul’s Bow Common, a 20th century church in Mile End (photographed 2014)

Living in London: Orthodox Jewish men pass a pair of punks as they cross Westminster Bridge in 2010

Living in London: Orthodox Jewish men pass a pair of punks as they cross Westminster Bridge in 2010

Towering above: Trellick Tower in Kensal Town, photographed in 2014

A phone box in Clapham in 2011

Towering above: Trellick Tower in Kensal Town, photographed in 2014. Right, a phone box in Clapham in 2011

Shining bright: A child with the Pearly Kings and Queens, as photographed in St Martins-in-the-fields in 2009

Shining bright: A child with the Pearly Kings and Queens, as photographed in St Martins-in-the-fields in 2009

Festive feeling: A group of children pose for the camera in a joyful image captured at the Notting Hill Carnival in 2011

Festive feeling: A group of children pose for the camera in a joyful image captured at the Notting Hill Carnival in 2011

For more information visit londonunseen.com 



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