London film archive and the Konica Pop

Welcome to The South – 1989-1992

My first ever camera was a Konica Pop (fixed lens 35mm point and shoot film camera). I can’t draw. I’m hopeless at it. My brother is an accomplished artist, my mother could paint and thankfully my parents bought me the Konica was I was about 12. 

I took it with me to university in 1989 but I was a genuine, flat broke student and the costs of film and processing meant that it had very little use. After buying a old Russian-made Zenit, I traded up to a Fujica with a dodgy shutter, a momentary brush with a Nikon EM, a dreadful Praktica (it scratched the film when you would it through) and finally a faithful Canon AE-1.

Konica Pop and Canon Ae-1

I took a series of pictures on the Konica Pop during 1989-91 that made it into an exhibition called “Welcome to The South”.

Homeless men around London Victoria – Konica Pop camera

Homeless men Victoria London 1989

Homeless men Victoria London 1989

Victoria Station London 1989. Homeless man.

Homeless men Victoria London 1989

Homeless men Victoria London 1989

London Street scenes – Konica Pop camera

London 1992 corner of Grape Street and Shaftsbury Avenue

London 1992 corner of Grape Street and Shaftsbury Avenue

London 1991 street market

London 1991 street market

Ebury Bridge London Sw1 overlooking Grosvenor Road Rail Depot.

Ebury Bridge London Sw1 overlooking Grosvenor Road Rail Depot.

London 1991 corner of Gower Street and University Street

London 1991 corner of Gower Street and University Street

London 1991 Turpentine Lane Peabody Estate Pimlico

London 1991 Turpentine Lane Peabody Estate Pimlico

London 1991 street market

London 1991 street market

Covent Garden fairgournd ride 1992

Covent Garden fairgournd ride 1992

London 1991 Buckingham Palace Road man with Christian literature

London 1991 Buckingham Palace Road man with Christian literature

London 1991 Women walking in Chelsea

London 1991 Women walking in Chelsea

London 1991 disused railway buildings at Battersea Power Station

London 1991 disused railway buildings at Battersea Power Station

London 1991 view of Battersea Power Station from Battersea Park Road

London 1991 view of Battersea Power Station from Battersea Park Road

London 1991 Camden young people outside HSBC Camden High Street

London 1991 Camden young people outside HSBC Camden High Street

London 1991 car cleaners Buckingham Palace Road

London 1991 car cleaners Buckingham Palace Road

London 1991 unknown house in Camden

London 1991 unknown house in Camden

London 1991 boy in Camden

London 1991 boy in Camden

London 1991 underpass near Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women

London 1991 underpass near Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women

London 1991 Grand National Day Camden High Street

London 1991 Grand National Day Camden High Street

London 1991 Balcony of Georgian townhouse off Camden High Street

London 1991 Balcony of Georgian townhouse off Camden High Street

London 1991 Camden 1951 cadillac CSK 532

London 1991 Camden 1951 cadillac CSK 532

Warehouse at Loman Street London SE1

Warehouse at Loman Street London SE1

Loman Street London SE1 looking towards Great Suffolk Street

Loman Street London SE1 looking towards Great Suffolk Street

Now demolished cafe corner of Surrey Row London SE1

Now demolished cafe corner of Surrey Row London SE1

Pakeman House Surrey Row London SE1

Pakeman House Surrey Row London SE1

Family Southwark London SE1

Family Southwark London SE1

A. Smith funeral parlour, 122 Southwark Bridge Road, Borough of Southwark, London SE1. Now demolished.

A. Smith funeral parlour, 122 Southwark Bridge Road, Borough of Southwark, London SE1. Now demolished.

Doorway London SE1

Doorway London SE1

Old British Rail carriage 1991

Old British Rail carriage 1991

London Bridge Station

London Bridge Station

Green Gragon Court looking towards Bedale Street London SE1

Green Gragon Court looking towards Bedale Street London SE1

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