Frank Habicht‘s eye-opening photographs of the Swinging Sixties in London

Bare Essentials – near Knightsbridge, 1969 © Frank Habicht 2018. All photography courtesy of Hatje Cantz

When the German photographer Frank Habicht arrived in London in the 1960s, the pop revolution of the swinging sixties was still in the starting blocks. Flower power, free love, “make love, not war” – these are the mottos of a progressive youth culture that longed for profound social and political changes and expressed this longing in fashion, music, and lifestyle.

Habicht immediately fell in love with the lively spirit of his generation, and his photographs captured the distinctions between old traditions and new ideas in the British capital. In the ensuing years, his pictures of this social transformation met with a widespread response.

In 1969, Valerie Mendes wrote about Frank Habicht in the renowned Metropolis Magazine: "London without her people would be dead indeed. Habicht finds not the clothes but the men and women who wear them; not the places, but those who live and work within the city. In the contrasting textures of skin and water, trees and hair, soft body curves against metal and stone, he traces an intricate pattern of the London heart and its restlessness."

Now you can enjoy his iconic work in a new photo book, As It Was: Frank Habicht‘s Sixties, published by Hatje Cantz. This luxurious new volume contrasts pop with tradition and provides readers with an immediate sense of the vitality of the Swinging Sixties, with all of that decade’s revolutionary aestheticism.

As It Was is Habicht’s treasure-chest of the swinging, groovy, hippie, and psychedelic Sixties in London. It offers an eye-opening contribution to the history of a country that is currently undergoing yet more social transformation. This photo book features his iconic work and many images published for the first time. Discover more: hatjecantz.de.

Peace Message - Vanessa Redgrave © Frank Habicht 2018

Peace Message - Vanessa Redgrave © Frank Habicht 2018

Gone by times, Renee at Westminster Bridge © Frank Habicht 2018

Gone by times, Renee at Westminster Bridge © Frank Habicht 2018

No Loss of Face, Earles Court, London © Frank Habicht 2018

No Loss of Face, Earles Court, London © Frank Habicht 2018

Marriage a la Mode © Frank Habicht 2018

Marriage a la Mode © Frank Habicht 2018

Live it to the hilt – Renee, Westminster Bridge, 1968 © Frank Habicht 2018

Live it to the hilt – Renee, Westminster Bridge, 1968 © Frank Habicht 2018

Lost in a Dream – Serge & Jane © Frank Habicht 2018

Lost in a Dream – Serge & Jane © Frank Habicht 2018

Fine arts student, St. Martin’s College, Holborn © Frank Habicht 2018

Fine arts student, St. Martin’s College, Holborn © Frank Habicht 2018

My heart leaps up when I behold – King’s Road © Frank Habicht 2018

My heart leaps up when I behold – King’s Road © Frank Habicht 2018

Frank Habicht © Frank Habicht 2018

Frank Habicht © Frank Habicht 2018