In this episode David and Mark chat about the Museum of London’s current photography exhibition, London Nights.

This large exhibition features historic and contemporary images from over 60 photographers, including Bert Hardy, Bill Brandt, Tish Murtha, and contemporary photographers like William Eckersley and Damien Frost. The aim of the exhibition is to:

reveal the city after hours: unnerving, beautiful, eerie, energised – sometimes all at once. Step into the night and discover a darker, richer side to the capital.

Images range from sinister street scenes, or people partying in the West End in the 60s, to shots of the city from the International Space Station and the image of a tower block used on the cover The Streets’ album Original Pirate Material. Some of the photographers and photos we discuss are:

We actually forgot to discuss one of our favourite images from the exhibition, The Long Wait (2005-6) by Mita Tabrizian from series depicting Iranian migrants.

David also talks about the work of Jan Staller and his haunting photos of New York in the 1980s, published in a monograph Frontier New York.

As always, wherever possible the photos we discuss can be found on our Pinterest page for this episode.

We originally recorded one podcast covering both the main London Nights exhibition, and the smaller, free, Night Visions exhibition, both on at the Museum of London. However, at the editing stage it made sense to split them into two separate podcasts. You may wish to listen to them both, in order, but it’s by no means essential and each episode stands up independently.

Non-Photography tangents we detour off at

1980s TV: clip of Nerys Hughes as the District Nurse and the fashion of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

London Transport Museum and the London Transport Moquette fabric.

Camera gear: Fuji X-T3, their 10-24mm lens and Samyang’s fisheye lens.

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