Lee-Johnson’s London

Wet day, Aldwych, London, 11.1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Wet day, Aldwych, London, 11.1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Between 1930 and 1938 New Zealand artist Eric Lee-Johnson, and his young family, lived in London while he studied art and experimented with modernist ways of representing the world and making photographs. Lee-Johnson’s photography was a bit of a secret as his primary artistic focus was painting but the photographs he took were remarkably good. These appealing images of London have the simplicity of a snapshot. Here is a small selection of some of them and one of Eric and his small son, Michael.

London at night, circa 1937, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa
London at night, circa 1937, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa
A walk in the park, London, circa 1937, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

A walk in the park, London, circa 1937, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London, 1930 s, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London, 1930 s, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Train, Charing Cross, London, 03.1938, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Train, Charing Cross, London, 03.1938, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Hyde Park, London, 1930 s, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Hyde Park, London, 1930 s, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Leadenhall meat market, London, 01.1938 - 02.1938, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Leadenhall meat market, London, 01.1938 – 02.1938, England. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Tube, or London Underground, September 1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Tube, or London Underground, September 1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

London at night, circa 1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa

London at night, circa 1937, London. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa

Eric and Michael Lee-Johnson, London, 1930 s, London. Photographer unknown. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Eric and Michael Lee-Johnson, London, 1930 s, London. Photographer unknown. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

2 Responses

  1. Lissa Mitchell

    you are welcome Adele – I’m pleased you enjoyed it

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  2. Adele

    Looks like a car rally at the Park, with all the cars in a line.. you have taken me back home thank you, I am originally from South London..I can relate in the underground, when I travelled on we were like sardines in the rush hour, no room to have newspapers! Thank you for reminding me of lovely London.

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