London. 1959

by Sergio larrain


London. 1959 by Sergio Larrain. Thames & Hudson edition (2021). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.  

About London. 1959

In London 1959 we get to see a fast-moving city. A city in the midst of profound change. Larrain spent the winter of 1958 in London and dedicated his time to capture its streets, its people and its activity.
The result is a collection of haunting images in black and white. The images reveal the birth of a new London; post-war London. Larrain captures the deep class divisions, the changes of fashion, the new youth and the everyday life of Londoners entering the Sixties. Further, these are the images that put Larrain into Magnum, after Henri Cartier-Bresson saw them. The book also features a text by the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño—written in 1999 specifically to accompany these images—as well as a new essay by Agnès Sire, artistic director of Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, detailing Larrain’s stay in London.

About Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain was born in 1931 in Santiago de Chile. He studied music before taking up photography in 1949. Then, from that year  until 1953 he studied forestry at the University of California at Berkeley. Afterwards he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor before setting off to travel throughout Europe and the Middle East. Thus began Larrain’s work as a freelance photographer. He became a staff photographer for the Brazilian magazine O Cruzeiro and in 1956, the Museum of Modern Art in New York bought two of his pictures. In 1958, the British Council gave Sergio Larrain  a grant that allowed him to produce a series of photographs of London. The same year Henri Cartier-Bresson saw his photographs of street children and suggested that he work for Magnum. Larrain spent two years in Paris, where he worked for international press titles.

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