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Shutting Up Shop

Shot over a fifteen-year period beginning in the early 1970s, "Shutting Up Shop" is a tribute to an era that has all but disappeared: the traditional small shops that feature have now almost all gone. In all there are 60 shops. Each one is unique, and their range diverse: from flowers to condoms, from tea to tobacco. As well as shops from London the series covers many regions of the UK, everywhere from the Isle of Harris to the Isle of Wight. As well as the photographs of the shops are their stories, vividly told through anecdote and interviews with the staff; for just as important as the shops were the shopkeepers, people who were cherished and seen as important members of their community. And how proud they were to be serving it! In 2004, Londei began the task of updating what had become of the shopkeepers and shops he'd photographed so long ago. His findings are included in the fascinating 'afterword' section of the book. Many had closed not long after the pictures were taken, others struggled on until the death or retirement of their owners; almost every single one had changed beyond recognition.
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John Londei is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer. He has a London studio and lives in Guildford.

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