A photography book of film stills and script from the critically acclaimed, psychogeographic film London, written and directed by Patrick Keiller, released in 1994


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Patrick Keiller, FUEL


London is Patrick Keiller’s highly imaginative psychogeographic journey through (and history of) London, as undertaken by an unnamed narrator and his companion, Robinson. The unseen pair complete a series of excursions around the city, in an attempt to investigate what Robinson calls ‘the problem of London’, in so doing the palimpsest of the city is revealed.

London is a unique take on the essay-film format, with scathing reflections on the recent past, enlivened by offbeat humour and wide-ranging literary anecdotes. The amazing locations reveal the familiar London of the near past: Concorde almost touches suburban houses as it takes off; Union Jacks fly from Wembley Stadium’s Twin Towers and pigeons flock around tourists in Trafalgar Square. These images, in combination with the script, allow us to see beyond the London presented on the page.

It is both a fascinating reflection on the diverse histories of Britain’s capital and an illuminating record of 1992, the year of John Major’s re-election, IRA bombs and the first crack in the House of Windsor. The book is the first time the film has been fully reproduced in print and contains an introduction from the director.

Additional information

Weight 750 g
Dimensions 16.9 x 20.8 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 20 November 2020
Number of pages 248
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell
Dimensions 16.9 x 20.8 cm
Weight 750 g


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Patrick Keiller was born in 1950, in Blackpool and studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. In 1979 he joined the Royal College of Art's Department of Environmental Media as a postgraduate student. For a time he taught architecture at the University of East London and fine art at Middlesex University. His work in film is typified by the use of subjective camera and voice-over, a technique that was refined in his acclaimed films London (1994), Robinson in Space (1997) and Robinson in Ruins (2010).