London Tourists by david malcolmson


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This image was nominated for the Pay Forward group by SeanOlio ( He wrote:
“I would like to nominate David Malcolmson’s photo London Tourists
This is an extraordinary image in its own right, and has a justified place in the history of that great art form – street photography. On the one hand, it seems hard to believe that the image is approximately 41 years old, but on the other hand it is hard to escape the conclusion that it is very much a product of its time. It seems to me that works like this just aren’t being casually made anymore, so we should celebrate fine examples like this one and use them as inspiration so that we can re-ignite the flame that once powered our candid street photographers.”

Possibly the strangest photograph I have ever taken. It was late afteroon and I was approaching the entrance to Piccadilly Station when I saw these people gazing at the local sights. I was extremely lucky to have just one frame of film left. The light was getting dim so I shot at full aperture and prayed everything would turn out all right.. Thankfully it did! London, 1967.


1960s, london, street


  • Tracey Bransfield
    Tracey Bransfieldover 6 years ago

    They are in awwww, utter amazement. Another great capture.

  • poppykitten
    poppykittenover 6 years ago

    They certainly look awe struck witht he sights,
    They are so clear that they almost appear to of been stuck on to the background. I just love this shot.

  • WayneD
    WayneDover 6 years ago

    absolutely striking image!

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyover 6 years ago

    LOL That so could have been me and my family. Our first visit to London was in 67. But maybe you do have a pic of us somewhere in your archives. Brilliant image David!

  • abefleur
    abefleurover 6 years ago

    this is a superb image – a great capture – their expression is priceless.

  • indeterminacy
    indeterminacyover 6 years ago

    That’s amazing – they look like they could be from different decades. This is the best picture I’ve seen here. And runs rings around anything digital.

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakover 6 years ago

    Great image. When was it taken?

  • Mugsy
    Mugsyover 6 years ago

    Brilliant capture!

  • jotography
    jotographyover 6 years ago

    What a stunning moment! Brilliant tones.

  • ChristineOrdan
    ChristineOrdanover 6 years ago

    It look like a Robert Doisneau picture , congratulations !!!!

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