A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann

A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann* is a great book. I just moved to London and so I was very keen to read this book. Luckily it arrived before moving and I could take it with me. What’s amazing about it is actually very simple: it makes you look around. This is why I took the picture for the book as I did.

A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann

When I first went through Kilburn Park station I did not look around, I was in a hurry to get to where I needed to go. On the second day I took the book with me to take a picture of it for this review. My plan was to take a picture near the tracks or with a sign, not necessarily at this particular station, but I just saw this beautiful Tiny parks display and I though this is perfect, not because is instantly recognizable, but because it is not. I passed by it without noticing it the day before.

The book is so interesting, giving details such as that the “stand on the right” rule is from 1921, 100 this year, who would have imagined. With a few million people using the tube every single day, it’s a very good rule. The authors spent 10 years exploring the tube and the pictures they included are so diverse and unique. There is a timeline at the end of the book and further reading suggestions.

I highly recommend the book, for both Londoners and people who are heading to London. Take 5 minutes and look around, at the architecture, lights, stairs, artwork. These are the chapters in the book and they could act as a guideline to what to look for.

A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann

Details about the picture: at the tube
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen and Sword
Year it was published: 2021
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Sundry
Pages: 152

About the author: Niko Rollmann was born in Hamburg and studied History & Politics in London and Berlin. He works in adult education and as a nonfiction writer focusing on “underground” topics.
Elke Rollmann was born in Berlin, studied Visual Arts and worked in Hamburg as a photo-journalist before moving to London in 1982 and, after a spell of working in fashion, went back to photography.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



4 thoughts on “A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann”

  • Don’t ask me how or why, but I actually have a copy of this book on my shelf. I think it was a throwback to the days when I had a small Amazon shop and I used to buy books from the charity shops and sell them on. – When I decided that I had been making no money for long enough, I donated most of my amassed stock back to a charity, but this one must have looked too pristine to part with – We have opened it and read a chapter or two at a time, it is so interesting. – I hope that you are getting on okay in London, have a good week 🙂
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