Snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Here’s a selection of photos taken around Soho this weekend.

Above is a close up of a display of postcards being sold on Oxford Street, featuring such tourist-pleasing stalwarts subjects as Buckingham Palace, Princess Di and Harrrods department store.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Street cleaners stop for a chat.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Photographers’ Gallery, which was showing the nominations for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

A visitor checks out the work of Lorna Simpson, an American photographer whose work explores  themes of gender, identity, culture, memory and body. 

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Richard Mosse‘s striking landscapes shot on discontinued military surveillance film show scenes of Democratic Republic of Congo.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

The star of the show for me was the wonderful collection of photographs by John Deakin, showing fashion shots and Soho characters of the 1950s and early 1960s.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

[John Deakin, Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1952]

He also painted portraits in a naive style, although they were very much under appreciated by his peers at the time.

A chronic alcoholic, Deakin died in obscurity and poverty in 1972, but his reputation has since grown considerably. []

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

In the bookshop downstairs. It seems that old Polaroid SX-70 cameras are now worth a lot of money.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Old fashioned shop front, Soho.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Street sign and stickers.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Crossrail gate.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Lampost and chain.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Hats, Earlham Street.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Still hanging on to life in the face of the digital download revolution is Fopp Records.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Battered road sign.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Mannequin in shop window, Soho.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Checking directions, Soho.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Covered sign.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Soho Square in bloom.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Rockers take a break, Soho Square.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Soho Square scene.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Table tennis game in progress in Soho Square. Find out more here: More tennis tables appear in London public parks as Ping! pushes on.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Bicycle with eyes.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Vince was here.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Sign for La Capannina, which describes itself as “one of London’s oldest gentlemen’s clubs,” offering “exotic hostesses and seductive dancers.”

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Taking a photo, Old Compton Street, Soho.

A series of snapshots from the streets of Soho, London, April 2014

Metal signs showing the outline of an ape and a bird now hang from the the pub formerly known as the Marquis of Granby. Writer Christopher Fowler declared himself less than pleased with rebranding.