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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.

Street cleaners stop for a chat.

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

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

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

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.

[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. []

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

Old fashioned shop front, Soho.

Street sign and stickers.

Crossrail gate.

Lampost and chain.

Hats, Earlham Street.

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

Battered road sign.

Mannequin in shop window, Soho.

Checking directions, Soho.

Covered sign.

Soho Square in bloom.

Rockers take a break, Soho Square.

Soho Square scene.

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

Bicycle with eyes.

Vince was here.

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

Taking a photo, Old Compton Street, Soho.

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.