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Umbrella Blog

Double gazing: celebrating the curious world of identical twins

Posted on 19 January 2020 at 16:45 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

There’s something about identical twins that’s both powerful and mysterious. While most of us can understand a connection with an older or younger sibling, having a twin – and one that looks virtually the same as you – is difficult to comprehend. Photo... Read more


Once Upon A Time In Brick Lane: documenting East End life in the 1970s and ’80s

Posted on 14 December 2019 at 15:55 by by Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

London’s Brick Lane has always been one of the critical markers of the capital. Located just outside the City (the financial area), it was settled by Huguenot protestants in the 18th century, Jews in the 19th and Bangladeshis in the mid-20th. After Hoxton took the focus... Read more


All washed up: beautiful photos of London’s disappearing laundrettes

Posted on 10 November 2019 at 10:48 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

There are 462 launderettes in London. We know this because photographer Joshua Blackburn has taken pictures of them all. “I was drawn to the flood of neon spilling onto the street at night,” he says. “It wasn’t long before I began disappearing at strange times to visit... Read more


Monochrome master: the beautiful architectural photography of Michael Kenna

Posted on 20 October 2019 at 11:51 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

There’s something monumental about black and white photography. Especially when it concerns itself with architecture. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the work of photographer, Michael Kenna. Born in 1953 in Widnes – famed in the north-west for its chemical plants... Read more


California Concrete: the abstract beauty of America’s skateparks

Posted on 13 September 2019 at 09:50 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

California is the spiritual home of modern skateboarding. From the mid-1960s, groups of street kids would take their boards to its drained reservoirs and suburban swimming pools, and spend their days inventing and perfecting the tricks of the sport on the smooth concrete surfaces. As skateboa... Read more

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