BBC News – Vintage 80s: Life on the streets
Time passes and society and places change, yet we often don’t notice or overlook the visual clues we see everyday.
But, by always carrying a camera and recording those daily encounters, Johnny Stiletto managed to capture a very personal view of life on the streets of London in the 1980s.
Those of you who follow this blog may remember a post on Johnny Stiletto’s book, Shots from the Hip back in 2009; well now there’s a new collection of his work, a book entitled Vintage 80s which brings together about 160 street shots.
As before though, the photographs are interspersed with his comments and thoughts on the moment, or the wider situation.
His work links together the news events of the time with the personal. To me they seem like frames from black and white dreams rather than someone else’s photographs.
The pictures depict a time when London cast off the final remnants of post-war grey where you could still find, and indeed park on, former bomb sites, to the beginning of what was to become modern London.
Strange Random 80s Quote:
You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. – Ronald Reagan
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