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During the 1970s, Ian Breakwell was living in a flat overlooking Smithfield Market in the City of London. From his window, he began to take photographs of an old man he often saw walking around the market below. Although the man appeared to be walking purposefully, he never seemed to be going anywhere in particular.

Although we learn little about the man, Breakwell’s work represents his repetitive, yet seemingly aimless, route through the landscape of the city. This is measured against Breakwell’s static yet habitual recording of the man’s activity through the observational discipline of the diary form.

February 2010