Shot in Soho
Photographing Love And Lawlessness in the Heart of London
A visual exploration of London’s most intriguing square mile captures Soho’s essence—from seedy to sublime, and everything in between.
During a time of development and change that has the potential to transform the unique character of London’s Soho, this book delves into the area’s storied past as a place of disobedience and eccentricity. Opening with a look at Soho through the years, this book includes archival images of Suffragettes learning Jiu-jitsu in a Soho gym, David Bowie preparing to record at Trident Studios and Francis Bacon drinking at the French House.The book then presents the work of photographers who have shed light on Soho’s many faces through the decades, including Kelvin Brodie, Clancy Gebler Davies, Corinne Day, William Klein, and Anders Petersen. Also featured is a new series of work by young, up-and-coming photographer Daragh Soden, whose images were specially commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery for this project. These streetscapes and portraits are by turns intimate and haunting, visceral and vibrant, nostalgic and provocative. Throughout the volume, texts narrate a social history marked by subculture and controversy. This book captures Soho as a refuge for marginalized, pioneering, and unconventional people.
The Photographers' Gallery, London
October 18, 2019–February 9, 2020
KAREN MCQUAID is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
JULIAN RODRIGUEZ is Head of the Department of Film and Photography at the Kingston School of Art in London.