inspired by the apocalyptic vision of a depopulated British capital
portrayed in the film '28 Days Later', this photographic project explores
London like most have never seen it before. As this city never sleeps,
these pictures took several years to complete and involved two Christmas
Days, many early mornings, all-night scouting trips and countless
The result is eerie, quiet, beautiful and - I believe - hitherto unseen.
It is the absence of life that makes these otherwise ordinary images
into something special.
The life they don't show accentuates how busy and bristling with life
London usually is. Thus these empty city scenes turn into pictures
of the imagination, even of a state of mind. The photos may even be
regarded as an expression of an inner vision of available space which
in daily life is noisy, contested and crowded.
Whichever approach may relate to you, I hope you enjoy this view of
London without anyone in it.
Enjoy the silence.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Jiri Rezac has
been living and working in London since the 1990's when he started
his professional career at Reuters News
Pictures. Subsequently he has specialised in shooting portrait, environmental
and current affairs assignments for some of the world's leading editorial
publications and campaigning clients.
His pictures have appeared in Geo, Time, Vanity Fair, New Yorker,
Forbes, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Der
Spiegel, Focus, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Welt am Sonntag as well as
in a variety of corporate magazines and websites. In recent years
Jiri has also undertaken extensive assignments on global environmental
issues for organisations such as Greenpeace and WWF.
As most of his work is assignment-based and usually involves people,
this project was borne out of a desire to do something different,
something at odds with the tradition of documentary photojournalism.