Photographing London in the 1970s

This is my mum’s brother, Wilfred Camenzuli. Born in Alexandria, Egypt and raised in Tooting, south London.

Back then, everybody in south London carried a shooter.

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Wilf was always taking pictures. Here’s one of my mum and dad, looking unbearably glamorous.

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He once made me and my sister watch a horror film so he could get a photograph of us cowering.

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And here’s another of me and my sister, this time feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square. I wonder how many thousands of similar photographs exist in photo albums around the world?

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Wilf also took dozens of photographs of London in the 1970s and early 1980s. I always thought he had a great eye. Here are some of the best.

Battersea Power Station, 1975.

Battersea Power Station, 1975.

Gamblers/businessman, back office, Old Kent Road.

Gamblers/businessman, back office, Old Kent Road.

Fixing a car with champagne, Royal Ascot.

Fixing a car with champagne, Royal Ascot.

The finishing line, Epsom Derby.

The finishing line, Epsom Derby.

Punch & Judy, Covent Garden.

Punch & Judy, Covent Garden.

Street performers, Covent Garden.

Street performers, Covent Garden.

Street people, Covent Garden.

Street people, Covent Garden.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner,

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Speakers Corner.

Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset filming The Greek Tycoon, Leicester Square.

Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset filming The Greek Tycoon, Leicester Square.

Cutty Sark.

Golden Hinde.

Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark.

Big Ben.

Big Ben.

Strawberry picking, Epsom.

Strawberry picking, Epsom.

Tooting with dad.

Tooting with dad.

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12 responses to “Photographing London in the 1970s

  1. Fantastic pictures!

  2. simon coppock

    Lovely post, Pete – but I don’t think that’s the Cutty Sark. Compare this: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4069/4644604608_137abf83b2_m.jpg Looks like the Golden Hinde replica to me: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a6/66/5a/a6665a973460d453b3ec0736104ae926.jpg love S xxx Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:03:46 +0000 To: simoncoppock@hotmail.com

  3. Excellent. I have similar brother and self Trafalgar Square with pigeons (don’t we all?) from 1969, I think. Also, when a young chap in London early 1980s, I’d sometimes take long-suffering gf to Speakers’ on a Sunday. Being often skint, it was cheap entertainment.

  4. These are great! The gamblers and champagne ones are classic.

  5. These are fantastic. Please post some more in the future!

  6. Wonderful photographs, sir. Thank you for bringing them to our attention.

  7. I spend a lot of my time taking pictures of architecture, usually taking great care to exclude people, vehicles etc. But more and more I’m coming to realise that these are what will make the pictures interesting in the future, since (unless they’ve been demolished) the buildings will look pretty much the same whereas the cars and the people will have changed. So I may change my policy, although I’m unlikely to go for the “person standing grinning in front of of somewhere historic” approach – the world probably has enough of those already…

  8. These are great. I love the one of the gamblers and also Battersea Power Station. It’s so sad what’s happening there at the moment.

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  10. These photos are glorious!

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