Street preacher, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Here’s a series of photos snapped during a recent walk around Soho. All the photos were taken on a battered three-year old Ricoh GR compact camera.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

First stop was at the Getty Gallery near Oxford Circus where there is a wonderful exhibition of photographs showing how Soho has changed in the last hundred years or so.

Delving into the murky depths of Soho’s past, the viewer is taken on a fascinating tour down narrow streets and pavements bustling with nightlife. We take furtive glances into basement clubs, corner cafes and tiny shops where we meet the diverse faces who helped establish Soho as one of London’s best-loved villages. The exhibition illustrates the importance of preserving the area’s rich architectural and cultural history into the future. []

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

I’ve always liked this gallery: compared to the often packed nearby Photographers’ Gallery, there’s loads more space and time to absorb the work, and over the years they’ve shown some magnificent collections.

Getty Images Gallery is at 46 Eastcastle Street, London, Greater London W1W 8DX; open Monday – Friday: 10am – 5.30pm, Saturday: 12 – 5.30pm.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Once the bustling heart of Soho, Berwick Street market is a much more modest affair these days,.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Ronnie’s Flowers – note the traditional wheeled market barrow.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Soho alley.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Street art, Berwick Street.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

This was once one of Soho’s sleaziest and most notorious areas.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

In nearby Meard Street, prostitutes used to tout for custom from the upper windows and often exchange jokes with patrons from the adjacent Gossips nightclub.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Former entrance to Gossips. Some of my photographs from this legendary goth/blues/reggae club recently appeared in an exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery.  See some of them here.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Brolly down.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Street art, Soho.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Jesus on the move.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

One of the last sex bookshops in Soho closed recently. Their malfunctioning neon sign once displayed “Lice Sex Shop.”

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

The sad sight of the former 12 Bar club on Denmark Street, once a major fixture on the alternative live music scene.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

The musicians’ Mecca of instrument shops, Denmark Street (aka Tin Pan Alley), still lives on although under increasing pressure from developers.

Street Preachers, closed sex shops and street art: Soho photos, October 2016

Street preacher presents his message. Compared to the mainly shouty ones we get in Brixton, I liked his silent approach.

 

More London photo scenes here.