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SHIT LONDON

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SHIT LONDON is a photography project that I began in 2010. I’d been taking photos of both funny and vaguely depressing things that I’d spotted on the streets of London for years but until that point had been happy to let the collection languish without purpose on a hard drive somewhere. Instead I started a blog and Facebook group on which to post my findings. Within a couple of weeks a community grew of Londoners wishing to share their own photos of misspelt signage, strange street tableaus, bizarrely named shops and cock graffiti.

Since then Facebook community has expanded to over 55,000 loyal members and has a healthy Twitter following.

A subsequent SHIT LONDON blog became a cult favourite. In 2012 it was archived in its entirety by the British Library as part of their ‘Capturing the Digital Universe’ project who deemed it “essential reading for future generations”.

In 2011 the first SHIT LONDON book was published by Portico to critical and commercial success. Two more London based books followed (SHIT LONDON II and RUDE LONDON) which were followed by two international spin-offs (SHIT NEW YORK and G’DAY AUSTRALIA).

There have been four exhibitions of SHIT LONDON photographs at The Outside World, Towner & Hoxton Gallery, The Mill.Co Project and the KK Outlet.

Photographs from SHIT LONDON have appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Time Out, Vice, The Evening Standard, Dazed and Confused, Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.


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