It’s only when Londoners see photographs like these that they cease to see the London Underground system as something other than sweaty tunnels beneath a dirty city, and look upon it with a kind of warm affection. Photographer Bob Mazzer spent a lot of his time in the 1970s and 1980s just hanging about on the Tube capturing London dwellers quietly travelling around the capital. I say quietly, a lot of these people are rowdy punks, chain smokers (yes, you could smoke on the Tube in the olden days!) and people holding impromptu wrestling matches. Not like these days. Everything’s boring these days.
Check out Bob’s older Tube series over on his site, and then have a look at his newest collection of present-day snaps. I hope that one day, in the future, people find these as fascinating as we find the older photographs now.