Young London: permissive paradise

Young London: permissive paradise
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'Views on the scene' by Heather Cremonesi & Robert Bruce. Photographs by Frank Habicht.

London. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1969. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. xvi, 92 pages. 92 full-page black-and-white photographic plates. 310 x 260mm (12 x 10"). 1kg. English. Very good; light edge wear, slight rippling to laminate on dust jacket, 5cm tear at head of spine, internally clean; generally an excellent copy in the original dust jacket.

'What is happening in London? Is it wicked or creative, lazy or productive, a sign of decadence or a cause for hope? Is Young London of the 1960's the new earthly paradise or is it plummeting into premature destruction?These are the questions which German-born photographer Frank Habicht poses in a series of wide-ranging and varied studies of contemporary London. He comments on the long-standing controversy surrounding this phenomenon with the freshness that only an outsider can bring to bear.We see the fashion-crazy secretaries, the pop singers, the bedazzled drifters, the naive exhibitionists, the au pairs, the political activists, the student politicians, the young intellectuals, life's earnest adventurers and the disenchanted derelicts, the soap-box soothsayers, the strippers, the eager young things and the sweet young things, the with-it rush-abouts and the hangers-on, the mod bride and groom, the young lovers, the gimmick-mongers - the countless faces of the complex and inconsistent phenomenon called Young London... The photographs are prefaced by two introductory essays, one a defence of Young London, the other an attack on it, which offer a background to Habicht's silent observations. Both a trophy and a chronicle of the 'sixties', his series of photographs is a part of the very scene which it records.' (from the blurb).