Herbert Spencer and the Decisive Detail
As a photographer, Herbert Spencer seemed to delight in unraveling the order he spent his days as a designer attempting to create. His most telling and memorable images, those that seem most fully his own, show a world in which things fall apart, signs of official communication fray into visual poetry, and ordinary people assert their presence by inscribing streets, buildings and land with unofficial messages and marks.
Robert Brownjohn: Photos at Street Level
Robert Brownjohn’s photographs of London street typography, published in Typographica
magazine in 1961, have become the stuff of design legend. Brownjohn claims in his introduction to “Street Level,” a 32-page visual essay, that the pictures were gathered on a single trip around the city. Now the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired the photographs and put 18 pictures on display for the first time.