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Night shift: they work as London sleeps

Photojournalist Peter Macdiarmid's essay on night workers in London is an excellent example of environmental portraiture. His masterful use of electronic flash puts light where he needs it without spoiling the mood of the picture. More on Mcdiarmid here.

 

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Yard Beadle Colin Jones walks through the cloisters of Westminster Abbey on Oct. 11 in London, England. Jones works from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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Steve Fisher, Security Supervisor at The Old Bailey, walks through The Grand Hall on Dec.15 in London, England. Fisher works from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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Raker and roller driver Keith Warder works on Lower Thames Street in a resurfacing gang on Oct.11 in London, England. Warder works from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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Senior Technical Officer Charles Lotter photographed at Tower Bridge on Nov. 11 in London, England. Lotter can work all night if a bridge lift is required.

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Table dancer Terri applies her makeup in the dressing room at The Windmill night club on Nov. 11 in London, England. Terri works from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.