About this Archive
Moye and Young set out to take a ‘visual stock’ of districts in and around the edge of London’s Square Mile, focusing on ‘lesser known streets and vistas’. According to their website (edgeofthecity.org) the pair found inspiration in the late-Victorian Society for Photographing the Relics of Old London as much as in Eugene Atget, Thomas Struth and Garbriele Basilico. The photographs were created using a 5x4 view camera, and processing took place in a traditional darkroom. Moye and Young believe the resulting effect was ‘quiet and still, suggesting overlapping activity, giving visual coherence and organisation to the layers of history and the jumble of buildings, streets and spaces that make up London’s changing cityscape’.
Scope and content
Thirty-seven scanned images from the project ‘Edge of the City’ which focused on inner London neighbourhoods including St Pancras, Smithfield and Whitechapel, situated close to and servicing both the City of London and the West End.
More information and images can be viewed at the Edge of the City website.