London at Dawn and Paris at Dawn by Anthony Epes are both 126 page hardcover book with over 80 colour images. (RRP £20 each) *** Special bundle deal for 7 days only ***
The dawn hours of Paris London, particularly in summer, are often a hidden time, a moment of quiet in this exhaustingly busy cities. As well as capturing the beauty and iconic views of each city Anthony reveals hidden spots, the grittiness and realities of each city, all photographed when the streets are bare, exposed and empty.
Following on from the success of the first edition of London at Dawn (Metro Publishing, 2003), Anthony has rephotographed London and presents a revised and updated collection of work for the second edition.
Foreword to London at Dawn by Stephen Fry, Foreword to Paris at Dawn by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue.
About the project – by Anthony Epes
“I have spent over a decade shooting cities at the most magical time of day: dawn. Millions of us live in cities around the world. They can be fast, chaotic and aggressive places. Sometimes, as we live our lives in these intense urban areas, we lose something: the ability to notice the beauty in our surroundings. I wanted to make people fall in love with their cities again.
“Seeing deserted streets at the magic hour of dawn can completely change the way we look at our city. Something truly amazing happens at this time of day. For a few brief moments, Mother Nature gives us a glimpse of the miraculous. An awe-inspiring light show while millions of people are still asleep. chaotic, aggressive places. Sometimes, as we live our lives in these intense urban areas, we lose something: the ability to notice the beauty in our surroundings. I wanted to make people fall in love with their cities again.
“I’ve dragged myself out of bed in the middle of the night hundreds of times, trying to capture that elusive moment when dawn breaks. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes; sometimes just a few seconds; and sometimes I get nothing at all.
I am really honoured to say that the London book has a foreword by the actor Stephen Fry. Paris at Dawn is introduced by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, who had the idea for this series in the first place.”
Selected images from London at Dawn:
Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard review of London at Dawn:
“Here, he brings a painters eye to the waking city: his glittering pictures of the Thames and London’s canals and of the medieval/modern hodgepodge of the City are striking. Most pictures of empty, early London look ghostly or harsh but Epes captures the sparkle of a metropolis gearing up to greet the day.”
Selected images from Paris at Dawn: