My father was perhaps one of my biggest inspirations.He loved people.He loved their stories and loved to tell them.His book Shutting Up Shop was a group of portraits of small shop owners in London and rural England.It was shot it all in 8×10 because he was documenting an end of an era and it deserved his best efforts. The National Portrait Gallery in London gave him an exhibition of this significant work and the book is on it’s third edition.Thank you for your vision and for all you taught me x
In the small English seaside resort where my grandmother lived, there were many quaint and slightly disheveled ‘old curiosity shops’ run by old ladies. As a teenager I loved to rummage around these shops for unusual jewelry. Therefore I really like these portraits of England’s small shop owners in The simple things. Photo’s and words (from 70's and 80's) are by the late photographer John Londei. My favorite is the dog salon of Freeda Carson. ‘A lot of my customers came in chauffeur-driven…
Magic, London, England, United Kingdom, photograph by John Londei. Ron MacMillan opened his Fun Shop in In the basement he prepared and demonstrated illusions to professionals. The shop is now run by Ron's son Martin.
Shutting up Shop, a wonderful book I bought one Christmas for my husband, credit to John Londei and the storekeepers and their wonderful tales - if only we could bring these wonderful, traditional, small shops back.