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A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground (Hardback)

Look Again

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By Niko Rollmann, Elke Rollmann
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526781086
Published: 9th September 2021

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WHAT IS THERE TO SEE? That was the question the authors of this book, Elke and Niko Rollman, heard all the time when explaining their photographic project. The answer is LOOK AGAIN! This book will encourage its readers to see the London Underground in a different light. There is, indeed, a multitude of images on offer, ranging from architecture to technology, from old design classics to modern art. For anyone interested in the history of the London Underground, spanning over 150 years, this is the book for you. Once you discover the beauty of this particular underworld, it can turn your daily routine into an exciting and almost endless trail of new impressions. The authors also want to encourage readers to go out there and explore "The Tube" by themselves.

Photographer Elke Rollmann and historian Niko Rollmann have spent over 10 years exploring the iconic network of the London Underground with their cameras, aiming to catch as many different aspects of the system as possible. A lot of time also went into researching the Underground's complex history. This publication is not just about the network as such, but also about the people who work there and, of course, the commuters. A timeline and a further reading list complement the images and texts.

This books shows what a day tripper or tourist might notice while travelling in London on the Underground. It highlights many things easily missed by commuters rushing to and from work. Included are architecture, signs, signals, work in progress, shut down stations and ghost stations - there is even a section on buskers. Those who appreciate when things were designed and built to last and with style will enjoy the book, which cleverly introduces the reader to a superb cross-section of what is available to see while travelling around London.

Dana Wiffen - RVR The Phoenix Issue 98 001

"This book is subheaded ‘LOOK AGAIN’ and I am sure that having read this book, any reader will do just that the next time they get the chance to ‘Mind the Gap’!"

Timothy Campbell - Photographica World

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Rail Express

I thought that this book was excellent!

I loved the vast number of images and the different perspectives that the authors have captured to really make you rethink about the imagery and things you could walk past without taking notice of when you are travelling on the London Underground.

I liked that the book was broken in the different sections and it has inspired me to have a look for the more traditional and older parts of the Underground, I have seen them at Baker Street but never really thought to look elsewhere so the book is quite inspiring and I have a mini list of things I would like to take a photo of myself now!

The book is well laid out, nice and bright and even though I read it from cover to cover in an hour of so it is easily a book that could be dipped in and out of as needed.

It is 5 stars from me for this one and it is very good timing for me to have read it as I am due to be taking my four-year-old daughter to London for the first time next weekend and now we have plenty more to be looking out for – I do love books like this!!

Very highly recommended!

Full review here

Donna's Book Blog

An interesting photographic book which looks at the surrounding architecture and the many different aspects of the whole London Underground system. This book is of great interest to anyone who wants to sample the complete atmosphere of the network as well as the trains.

Peter A. Harding, Branch Line & Light Railway Publications

I highly recommend the book, for both Londoners and people who are heading to London. Take 5 minutes and look around, at the architecture, lights, stairs, artwork. These are the chapters in the book and they could act as a guideline to what to look for.

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Coffee and Books

The book concentrates on notable architecture and features, with captions generally limited to the location. The images over 146 pages vary from heritage signs/tiling, through modern construction to buskers and station gates. There’s even a few shots featuring trains! It highlights the visual treats there for all to see rather than detail their history.

Those interested in the sights and sounds of London’s Underground should find this book noteworthy and may well be encouraged to seek out some “not so Hidden” parts that they may have walked past, like me, without appreciating the huge variety all around.

Branch Line News Newsletter

If you have never visited the London Underground this is the perfect book to know it and if you have already visited it it will help you to see it from another point of view. It is such a complete photographic tour of the "Tube" that it even includes a curious section of the singers of the Metro.

Read the full Spanish review here

Unos Cuantos Trenes

An excellent compilation of photographs of the iconic London Underground. It shows how the heritage of the world’s first underground system has been preserved and the latest developments meet such ideals

James Simmonds

About Niko Rollmann

Niko Rollmann was born in Hamburg and studied History & Politics in London and Berlin. He works in adult education and as a nonfiction writer focusing on "underground" topics.


About Elke Rollmann

Elke Rollmann was born in Berlin, studied Visual Arts and worked in Hamburg as a photo-journalist before moving to London in 1982 and, after a spell of working in fashion, went back to photography.

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