Today we look at the Street Markets of London by Mary Benedetta with photographs by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
This book takes the form of a sociological description of London street markets accompanied by 64 black and white photographs and a foreword by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. A Hungarian, Moholy-Nagy spent five years at the Bauhaus having been appointed a master by Walter Gropius. The book was published in 1936, just one year before the commencement of Mass Observation in 1937, and during a time when there was great interest in learning about the anthropology of working class communities. Among the locations featured are Petticoat Lane, Farringdon Street, Caledonian Market, Brixton, Covent Garden, Berwick Market, Shepherd’s Bush, Brick Lane, Billingsgate and Commercial Road.