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Ten amazing pictures of ’70s graffiti by Roger Perry

From the political to the plain daft, '70s London wasn't short on slogans

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David Clack
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London’s walls have always been – and likely always will be – a canvas for expression. From politically charged, revolution-demanding slogans to dubious daubings about football teams, the city’s streets have been talking to us ever since the invention of the spray can.

During the 1970s, photographer Roger Perry documented it all. Together, his work paints a picture of a frustrated, socially aware city with a lot to say for itself. Perry was also Time Out’s first ever lensman, and went on to work for The Sunday Times and The Observer before his untimely death in 1991.

Following a successful Kickstarer campaign last year, Perry’s book ‘The Writing on the Wall’ has just been republished, meaning London can once again enjoy Perry’s poignant, often hilarious visual history.

Flick through the gallery below to check out some of our favourite snaps from the book, buy a copy here or see selected images from the book exhibited at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury from July 10.

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