'Ghost signs' are faded hand-painted advertisements on houses and business premises. Most of the surviving signs in London cover the period from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, when billboards gained ascendancy. We barely register these signs in our daily lives, but when we focus on them more intently it seems that the past speaks directly to us, murmuring of a different customs and expectations. They give us, too, a sense of the origins of our consumer-driven society, going back to the early days of the industrial revolution and the dawn of modernity.
James Berrington • Karen Block • Nick Braithwaite • Bunshri Chandaria • Julie Derbyshire • Sophie Fauchier • Chris Gravett • Lucia Hrda • Gage Solaguren • Olga Suchanova •