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London 1948 photo exhibition

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London 1948 photo exhibition

Time: July 17, 2012 to July 20, 2012
Location: Greater London Authority City Hall
Street: The Queen's Walk
City/Town: London SE1 2AA
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Phone: 020 7983 4000
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Greater London Authority City Hall
Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2012

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Event Description

There are 40 photographs in the exhibition, selected from nearly 500 images in The Times Archive Collection. Most of the photographs are unpublished and unseen and almost all have been preserved in a perfect state, providing a wonderful visual record of the last time the Olympics came to Great Britain.

The photographs cover historic moments such as King George VI’s speech at the Opening Ceremony in Wembley Arena, the torch relay and many Olympic events including: cycling, rowing, fencing and athletics. The everyday side of the ‘Austerity Games’ is also covered: behind-the-scenes preparation, close-up shots of spectators and large crowd scenes. The black and white images are striking in themselves but also capture a moment in London’s history and illustrate the contrast between the 1948 and the 2012 Olympics: home-made kits, uneven grass tracks and sponsorship by cigarette brands.

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