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 London Calling
Tart Cards

 

London Calling: Tart Cards

 

London Calling: Tart Cards   London's vanishing clandestine telephone box art, famously known as Tart Cards, once adorned these telephone boxes to advertise the services of sex workers, gaining popularity from the mid-80s to the 90s. However, over the last decade, as telephone boxes were decommissioned and authorities cracked down on illicit advertising, these cards have virtually disappeared from the streets.

 

Amidst the quiet streets of London during the 2021 pandemic, the artist documented the remnants of Tart Cards found in telephone boxes around Euston and Soho. London Calling explores the fading Tart Cards as found objects and fading fragments—captured through the diminishing cards, paper, and vinyl stickers discovered within the confines of telephone boxes.

Photo series (2023)

 

Artist Book available here 

 

© Tracey Thorne
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