East End Shopfronts displayed

May I direct you to a marvellous Spitalfields Life blog, featuring the shopfront photos of Phillip Cunningham? These date from the 1970s and 80s which, for those of us of a certain age, doesn’t sound like that long ago, and yet these look like they are from another world.

Much more here. Photographs copyright © Philip Cunningham

6lettres:

“H. Génot – cordonnerie – bourrellerie” trouvé à Champigneulles (54). #sign #Signs #signpainting #signpainter #signgeek #peintreenlettres #vernaculartypography #typelove #typehunter #typographie #typography #champigneulles #lorraine #igersfrance #enseigne #enseignes #cordonnerie #cordonnier #bourrellerie #vintage #vintageshop #vintagesign #artisan #shopfront #storefront #ghostsign #abandonned #lettrage #lettering #handlettering (à Champigneulles, Lorraine, France)

Signs of the times – sampled

Photographer and graphic designer Vici MacDonald has published the first collection of shop frontages and signs from her very wonderful Shopfront Elegy blog. It’s a book (and a blog) that puts the rest of us frontage-snappers to shame. Her beautifully composed shots span some 35 years of photographic observation of the changing face of Britain’s streetscape. Here are just a couple of spreads:

The book as a whole is something of a sampler, drawn from MacDonald’s 40,000-strong image archive and arranged thematically as a taster for more books to come. Don’t let that stop you buying this one though. It is a must-have introduction to her remarkable work. An interview with Vici MacDonald will appear here soon.

Shopfront Elegy Sampler: A Themed Compendium Of Vintage UK Shop Facades is published by Reverse Press and available at £14.95 from Amazon