Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S London Life

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S London Life

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Whoever coined the ph ra se 'nothing is ever black and white' had quite obviously never stepped over the th re shold o f Tate Br ita in this summer. Another London (until 16 September), a selection o f photog raph s taken by some o f the 20th century's most celebrated photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn, is a two-tone world; a black and white sea of parks and landmarks, crowds and individuals; London's many faces in the last century (Wolfgang Su sch it zky 's 'Lyon s Corner Hou se , Tottenham Court Road', 1934, above).

There's something unnerving about seeing London, a city recognised for its vibrancy and mu lt icolou red d iver sity, depicted in sta rk monoch rome . But , at the same time, black and white photography has the unique ability to create an air o f documenta ry. …

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