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Umbrella Blog

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


The Dead Sea Is Dying: A photo-essay by Gytė Skirkaitė

Posted on 18 August 2019 at 13:46 by Words and pictures: Gytė Skirkaitė in Travel

Earlier this year, I visited Israel and the Dead Sea. I didn’t plan my trip – I just visit places that aren’t too crowded. That’s why I chose Ein Gedi camping for my stay instead of being in the area with big hotels, spas and thousands of tourists. When... Read more


The Falklands, Thatcher and Mini Metros: interview with Andy Beckett, author ‘Promised You A Miracle’ – the definitive ’80s biography

Posted on 31 July 2019 at 16:17 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Opinion

The early 1980s was a time of unparalleled change in British society as the old certainties crumbled and new forces – in politics, business and the arts – took centre-stage. In Promised You A Miracle, journalist Andy Beckett forensically examines the years 1980-82, and here, tells Umb... Read more

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