Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photos by Edwin Smith

Edwin Smith (born Edwin George Herbert Smith) was an English photographer best known for his distinctive vignettes of English gardens, landscapes, and architecture. In 1935 he became a freelance photographer, working as a fashion photographer for Vogue for a short time. However, Smith concentrated his artistic efforts on subjects such as the mining community of Ashington in Northumberland, the docks of Newcastle, and circuses and fairgrounds around London.

In 1954, Smith married artist and writer Olive Cook, whom he authored or contributed to numerous books during his lifetime. A tireless promoter of Smith’s work, Cook left her husband’s archive of 60,000 negatives to the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Robert Elwall Photographs Collection in 2002.

Take a look at Smith’s stunning photography through these 28 gorgeous black-and-white pictures below:

Kentish Town station, London
Herring girls gutting fish on the quayside, North Shields
35 Hallam’s Lane, Chilwell near Nottingham
Church Farm Approved School, East Barnet, London
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Palace Pier, Brighton
Central markets, West Smithfield, London
Clothes line in Glencaple, Scotland
Dumbiedykes from Salisbury Crags
Fragment of the colossal statue of Constantine the Great, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome
Night street cleaning near St Paul’s Cathedral, London
‘Ideal’ fish & chip shop, London
Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Back-street garden, Camden Town, London
Tulip staircase, Queens House, Greenwich, London
The colonnade, St Peter’s Square, Rome
Campo San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Villa Garzoni Collodi, Tuscany
St Lawrence Didmarton, Gloucestershire
Farm in the mountains between Auletta and Potenza, Italy
Two boys on a doorstep, Kilkenny, Ireland
St Columba’s Wells, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Skandia cinema, Stockholm
Lyne Church Peebles, Scotland
Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales
Pincio gardens overlooking Rome
View from the Palazzo dello Sport, Rome

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