LONDON’S UNDERGROUND (White Lion Publishing / $45) is a comprehensive guide to the London Underground, combining a historical overview, archive illustrations, and brand-new photography.
The story of the Tube from its origins to the present day is told through eleven chapters, relating to the eleven lines in broad chronological sequence. Each line is accompanied by ‘photographic portraits’ of key stations along the route, with evocative images of their architecture and decor.
Interspersed with the chapters are features covering every aspect of the Underground: trains, art, and design, hidden stations, maps, and posters. The book is illustrated throughout with archive photography and images from the TFL archives. The lively pages are adorned with side-bars with anecdotes, facts and figures, hidden details and ‘Poems on the Underground’.
Oliver Green is a transport historian who has written widely on the history of public transport in London and in particular on the art and design of London Transport. He is the former head curator and now a research fellow at the London Transport Museum. He lectures at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Gresham College.
Benjamin Graham recently won Landscape Photographer of the Year and spent a great deal of 2016 waking up at the crack of dawn to picture London Underground stations at their quietest and arguably most majestic. His dramatic photography reveals the unique architecture of the Tube in all its splendor.