Marking 75 years since the outbreak of the Blitz, Thom and Beth Atkinson’s first photobook, Missing Buildings, seeks to preserve the physical and psychological landscapes of the Second World War in London. Taken over a period of six years, the photographs document the mysterious gaps left in London’s streets, where ghosts of old buildings fill these conspicuous spaces. In some, the previous damage is clear, whereas others have been wiped almost completely clean. The photographers play with the idea of mythology and imagination in the book: some of the sites were not destroyed by bombs at all, rather by regular demolition. This ambiguity leads the reader to invent apparitions of the past, from signs in the architecture of the modern-day city, ensuring that the legacy of the past lives on.
Missing Buildings is available from publisher Hwaet Books.