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Bob Mazzer, Tube Photographer

February 16, 2016
by the gentle author

We are proud to announce that Bob Mazzer, Tube Photographer Extraordinaire who first found fame here in the pages of Spitalfields Life, is back with an exhibition which opened yesterday at the Leica Gallery at the Royal Exchange in the City of London and runs until March 11th.

“There’s definitely a link between being born in Aldgate and taking all these pictures on the tube,” Bob admitted to me, “You don’t think you are starting a project, but one day you look back over your recent pictures and there are a dozen connected images, and you realise it is the beginning of a project – and then you fall in love with it.”

“For a while in the eighties, I lived with my father in Manor House and worked as a projectionist at a porn cinema in Kings Cross. It was called The Office Cinema, so guys could call their wives and say, ‘I’m still at the office'” recalled Bob affectionately, “Every day, I travelled to Kings Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt the tube was mine and I was there to take pictures.”

Photographs copyright © Bob Mazzer

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. February 16, 2016

    A brilliant set of underground pics recording life on the London scene, make sure they are archived I expect they are. They would be valuable for futurologists, hope they have a good shelf life and can be seen in say 100 years time their value will then accrue. By then they will be a social history Dickensian in nature. John

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  3. February 16, 2016

    Very impressive photographs from reality!

    Love & Peace

  4. Squirrel Nutkin permalink
    February 16, 2016

    Is that not a young Jeremy Clarkson comatose between two seats?

  5. Ros permalink
    February 16, 2016

    Good to see these pics again, so full of life.

  6. Stephen Foster permalink
    February 17, 2016

    Love it. I’m sure at some stage of my 4 years living in London I could have easily been in some of those situations. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. February 17, 2016

    Reminds me of how dingy the tube was in the 70’s. I was still fascinating by it, though.

  8. Teresa Stokes permalink
    February 26, 2016

    There is a big two page write-up on this exhibition in today’s Evening Standard Magazine (Friday 26 Feb)

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