Closing Time: A Nation of Shopkeepers by Nick Dawe is a great photo essay on the demise of the independent shop in Britain. A few of my favourite quotes and photos below. Click over to More Intelligent Life for the full show.
“I worry terribly about missing shops: they disappear so fast. So I am dependent on recommendations. Everyone knows an old hardware shop or shoe shop, but it’s the more obscure sort I worry about most: drapers, taxidermists, that kind of thing. A sense of loss is partly what drives me.”
“Do I think we’re a nation of shopkeepers, in Napoleon’s phrase? No, not any more. But we once were. Tesco and the internet have turned us into a nation of shoppers, which is a different thing altogether. ”