Highways: Museum of London commissions showcased in Photographs by John Davies

By Liz Tobin | 22 January 2013

Exhibition preview: Highways:  Photographs by John Davies, Museum of London, London  January 25 – June 16 2013

An overhead photo of a city street full of traffic surrounded by houses and woodland
John Davies, Marble Arch and Hyde Park (2001)© John Davies
A decade ago, one of the largest congestion control zones in the world was placed upon the bustling streets of London, abruptly altering the urban surroundings.

Commissioned by the Museum of London in 2001, British urban landscape photographer John Davies took the opportunity to document London’s thoroughfares just before the Congestion Charge was implemented.

Davies explores the major arterial road links which run through the capital, choosing high vantage points to engage unique perspectives which take in not only the road, but also the surroundings.

Acclaimed for his stark black and white images of post-industrial Britain, Davies has departed from previous form and presented all six photographs in the project entirely in colour.

“For most Londoners, we experience these major roads at ground level – with all of the traffic, fumes and noise that brings,” says Francis Marshall, the Senior Curator of Art at the museum.

“John’s photographs give us a welcome distance – one where traffic does not dominate the surroundings.”

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More pictures:

A photo from a high vantage point above a street of urban London showing traffic
Bank (2001)© John Davies
A photo of a large red brick civic building on a busy street of urban London
St Pancras Station Midland Grand Hotel and the A501 (2001)© John Davies
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