Patrick Keiller's 1994 essay film London was a landmark in psychogeography.
Using extensive footage shot in London throughout 1992, the filmic trilogy captured both dramatic moments that defined the era (the Baltic Exchange bombings, the construction of some of the contemporary buildings which define the city today) to workaday scenes of bustling shopping centres, and commuters waiting for trains.
Keiller's narration of the film (a clip of which you can see here) is a skewed version of the usual documnetary style; in a somewhat lugubrious tone, he takes on the role of an unnamed narrator, who along with a companion called Robinson, venture around the city to investigate 'the problems of London'.
It's neither documentary nor fiction — or otherwise, it's both documentary and fiction — certainly it's a one heck a a unique film, in which at one moment, Keiller discusses how the Tories want to limit London's independence, and the next Robinson details a strange dream he had.
The film is now a book, published by FUEL in 2020, and recreates the film in vivid stills, with the Keiller's voiceover printed beneath.
Here, we've picked 20 remarkable images from the book, which bring back to life a London of over three decades ago — a time of Concorde, IRA bombs, the Chippendales, and feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
LONDON by Patrick Keiller, published by FUEL