London Ends - Philipp Ebeling

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London Ends - Philipp Ebeling

35.00

London’s ends aren’t on the edge, where the map shows the city ends or where the M25 ring road runs. London’s ends lie like a doughnut around the city centre. Too far from the inner city to feature in the story of London, not far enough out to be leafy suburb and commuter land. Via an epic 250 kilometer walk, the book explores a swathe of largely overlooked in-between land, ever present as soon as you travel out from the centre.   

 

‘Coming to London from a small village in Germany, I was both overwhelmed and bewitched.’ he writes ‘I felt compelled to know every last corner of the place, to understand it as fully as I could.  For years I crisscrossed the city on my bike, finding new routes to places, exploring new neighbourhoods, getting lost and soaking up every detail. One afternoon I returned to my home in Whitechapel during a freak snowstorm. I rushed into the house to get my camera and started to photograph the local market on my doorstep. These pictures of Whitechapel in the snow started a process of documenting the city.’

Eventually the places he had visited and photographed began to look on the map like a doughnut and Ebeling set out to join the dots with one long walk around the city, avoiding the centre. Leaving his home in Hackney and heading east, he circled London, arriving back ten days and 250km later.

Taking in the Chiselhurst Caves, plane-spotters at Heathrow Airport, Brimsdown and Tottenham, Ebeling photographed places that are normally overlooked in the story of the capital. Shifting from the industrial to the idyllic, day to night, from crowds to solitude, intimate interior to boundless landscape, these photographs depict both the rhythm and contrasts of life on the peripheries of the city. Linking them together, Ebeling presents the vast and varied expanses of the landscape of Outer London.

 

The photographs in this book were made both on the walk and on other explorations in the city. 

They are accompanied by a diary of observations made on the walk itself. 

96 pages, 28.5x25 cms, Hardbound, 54 colour images.

every book comes with a wrap around double sided poster 96 x 68 cms.

edition of 1000

press for London Ends

the guardian - UK

BBC - UK

Creative Review - UK

i-D - UK

British Journal of Photography - UK

creative boom - UK

PDN - USA

Internationale - Italy

 

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