Left London

William Eckersley & Alexander Shields

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Left London is a photographic portrayal of abandoned buildings across the capital that reveals an otherwise hidden side of city life. Having explored a multitude of sites and taken over twenty thousand images, the authors were able to assemble a unique collection of photographs vividly illustrating this evocative and beautiful subject. Furthermore, as well as extensive interior and exterior shots, the book also contains various items of ephemera found in situ, which provide an additional visual narrative.

Like all urban areas, London has an established cycle of decay and renewal, however with the 2012 Olympics, it embarked on the most ambitious redevelopment plan in its history. In light of this, Left London takes on a particularly captivating and contemporary relevance now the bulldozers and builders have transformed many of these locations.


Time Out – “Never before has vanity publishing led to such a splendid publication… The photographs in Left London record the capital’s empty buildings with pathos.”

The Big Issue – “A quirky yet important visual testament to the architecture of an ever-changing city… Well worth squeezing onto your coffee table.”

Grafik – “Anyone who has more than a passing interest in the metropolis will find their images showing derelict buildings, many of which are still full of assorted detritus, utterly compelling. Recommended.”

Hotshoe – “To Londoners, the book acts as a conduit for memories of forgotten, and once visited, places…”

Nude – “This superb collection has the feel of a complex inquiry laid out in pictures. There’s nothing small or intimate about the structures Eckersley and Shields have so lovingly captured… Every page contains the muffled echo of a derelict space.”


Published June 2006
Photographs by William Eckersley & Alexander Shields
Foreword by Gervase de Wilde
176 pages
140 colour photographs & ephemera
300 x 240 mm
Softback with perfect binding
Full colour offset printing
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-0-9553143-0-8
Available in the following bookshops: Artwords, Brick Lane Books, Daunt, Donlon, Foyles, Magma, Photographer’s Gallery, RIBA, Serpentine Bookshop, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and via Paypal below